ladybug

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noun la·dy·bug \ˈlā-dē-ˌbəg\

Definition of ladybug

  1. :  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 (as aphids) —called also lady beetle, ladybird, ladybird beetle

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Origin and Etymology of ladybug

Our Lady, the Virgin Mary


First Known Use: 1699


LADYBUG Defined for English Language Learners

ladybug

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noun la·dy·bug \ˈlā-dē-ˌbəg\

Definition of ladybug for English Language Learners

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


LADYBUG Defined for Kids

ladybug

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noun la·dy·bug \ˈlā-dē-ˌbəg\

Definition of ladybug for Students

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



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