love·​bug | \ ˈləv-ˌbəg How to pronounce lovebug (audio) \

Definition of lovebug

: a small black fly (Plecia nearctica) with a red thorax that swarms along highways in the Gulf states of the U.S.

Examples of lovebug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every year like clockwork, Valentine's Day rolls around and holiday jewel tones are swiftly replaced by every shade of red and pink imaginable. Storefronts — both of the brick-and-mortar and online varieties — catch the lovebug, and boom! Karina Hoshikawa,, "Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day With These Sex Toy Sales," 31 Jan. 2020 Fun facts: Female lovebugs are bigger than their male suitors. USA TODAY, "Swarms of lovebugs flying through northwest Louisiana," 1 Sep. 2017 Butterflies fluttered in the shade of sunlight dappled by the Spanish moss dangling from oak trees and lovebugs rested on tangerine and lemon trees scattered throughout the property on a recent morning. Jason Ruiter,, "Orlando nonprofit wins $30K grant to launch Groveland community garden," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of lovebug

circa 1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lovebug

from the fact that it is usually seen copulating

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The first known use of lovebug was circa 1966

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Cite this Entry

“Lovebug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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