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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If your pet is drooling or foaming at the mouth, look for these ladybugs. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Terrifying Photo Shows a Dog's Mouth Coated With Painful Ladybugs," 3 Nov. 2016 The oldest and youngest were twin zebras; Dorothy and the Tin Man; a ladybug and a bumblebee. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "I Always Take My Kids Trick-or-Treating. This Year I Was Fired.," 29 Oct. 2018 The three-bedroom, single-story ranch house was cuter than a ladybug and had more potential than a Derby winner’s foal. Marni Jameson,, "7 mistakes rookie DIY decorators make," 13 July 2018 Luckily, so are ladybugs, which prey on aphids and keep them in check. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "Ladybugs, Aphids and the Toxic Combat That Might Be Happening in Your Garden," 1 June 2018 Driving my little red car on this road was like sending a ladybug across a waffle. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Our rocky road to rhododendrons," 4 July 2018 Keep your kids’ bodies and brains active with this musical ladybug friend. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "7 outdoor toys to keep the kids entertained this summer," 26 June 2018 However, some aphids contain a substance that’s much more toxic to this aggressive invader than to the other ladybugs. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "Ladybugs, Aphids and the Toxic Combat That Might Be Happening in Your Garden," 1 June 2018 Small insects like ladybugs take advantage of physics to travel in a distinctive way. Charles S. Cockell, WSJ, "The Limits of Extra-Terrestrial Freakiness," 7 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ladybug

US : a type of small flying insect that has a round red back with dark spots


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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