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 These ladybugs are mostly seen on pines, oaks, elms and other common trees. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Meet our favorite ladybug in disguise," 8 Jan. 2020 Kyle Joly/National Park Service Whales, eels, birds, and even ladybugs are known for epic migrations that take them hundreds or even thousands of miles through the air and across the sea. New York Times, "Still the Undisputed Champs of Mammalian Migrations," 18 Nov. 2019 To Whisenhunt’s consternation, a family of ladybugs had made itself at home on the cabin floor. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, "Huawei helped bring Internet to small-town America. Now its equipment has to go.," 10 Oct. 2019 In June, a swarm of ladybugs moved through San Diego County and was registered on weather radar. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Weather radar picks up gigantic swarm of dragonflies over parts of southeast U.S.," 19 Sep. 2019 This ladybug heap often goes unnoticed by predators, but should a hungry animal discover one of these groups and not heed their bright warning colors, the insects may turn to reflex bleeding. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Fascinating ways animals prepare for fall," 27 Sep. 2019 The cows sported baseball caps, Hawaii shirts, sunglasses, ladybug wings and more. Washington Post, "Fiberglass cows returning to Chicago," 30 June 2019 In a spray of gunfire, a 7-year-old girl, dressed as a ladybug, and trick-or-treating with her family, was shot in the chest and neck, CBS Chicago reported. CBS News, "Teen charged in Halloween shooting that wounded 7-year-old girl," 2 Nov. 2019 Its antennae had round orange and black tips that looked like tiny ladybugs on top. Lois Szymanski,, "Szymanski: The miracle of metamorphosis another of Mother Nature’s lessons," 1 Sep. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ladybug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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