la·​dy·​bug | \ ˈlā-dē-ˌbəg How to pronounce ladybug (audio) \

Definition of ladybug

: any of numerous small nearly hemispherical often brightly colored often spotted beetles (family Coccinellidae) of temperate and tropical regions that usually feed both as larvae and adults on other insects (such as aphids)

called also lady beetle, ladybird, ladybird beetle

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Examples of ladybug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything went wrong but the chaos ended with peaceful bonding over a ladybug. Amanda Ostuni,, 19 Jan. 2022 These days, some orchardists pay up to a dollar per Novius ladybug whenever the ugly white fuzz returns. Martin J. Kernan, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 Aside from Exo-Abs, Cho has also created a robotic hand called Exo-Glove, a glider with wings like a ladybug, and a robot that simulates water skimmers, also called Jesus bugs because of their ability to walk on water. Khari Johnson, Wired, 12 Aug. 2021 The learning tool teaches students to program simple tasks for a ladybug named Kara, such as collecting leaves and getting through the forest safely. Forbes, 14 June 2021 Six prekindergarten students quickly grab their red notebooks and move from one station to another, wide eyed and delighted to see the evolution of a ladybug. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, 9 June 2021 The maneuver put Hayabusa2 on course toward a 6-mile-wide (10 km) slice of sky over Woomera—the precision equivalent of targeting a ladybug from 0.6 miles (1 km) away, JAXA officials wrote in a post-burn update. Mike Wall, Scientific American, 7 Dec. 2020 Aside from a virtual ladybug, whose 30-day visit comes at a cost of $2, the art is free for all to appreciate and experimentat with. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 May 2020 There’s a ladybug infestation in the house; our stillness is made more noticeable by their motion and endless proliferation, by the constant fluttering of wings. Jordan Kisner, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of ladybug

1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ladybug

Our Lady, the Virgin Mary

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“Ladybug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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la·​dy·​bug | \ ˈlā-dē-ˌbəg How to pronounce ladybug (audio) \

Kids Definition of ladybug

: a small rounded beetle that is often brightly colored and spotted and feeds mostly on other insects (as aphids)

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