palmetto bug

noun

chiefly Southern US

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Florida, with its wild palm scrub, its palmetto bugs, its hills of fire ants and heaps of molehills, permeates the art that people create. Kristen Arnett, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2019 But one annoying, consistent downside of our new home was the presence of cockroaches—otherwise known as palmetto bugs down here—thanks to the Florida climate. Katie Holley, SELF, 30 Apr. 2018 Inside the houses are palmetto bugs the size of lapdogs. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 22 June 2018 Which means she's seen her fair share of palmetto bugs, which are brown, ubiquitous, and can grow to an inch-and-a-half long or more. Tamara Lush, OrlandoSentinel.com, 4 May 2018 Which means she's seen her fair share of palmetto bugs, which are brown, ubiquitous, and can grow to an inch-and-a-half long or more. CBS News, 4 May 2018 And finally, after carrying around parts of a palmetto bug in her ear for nine days, Holley was roach-free again. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, 4 May 2018 Legs that could only belong to an adventurous palmetto bug [a type of roach] exploring my ear canal. Korin Miller, SELF, 1 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palmetto bug was in 1947

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“Palmetto bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palmetto%20bug. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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