palmetto bug


Definition of palmetto bug

chiefly Southern

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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, "Florida Women Are No Joke. I Should Know.," 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, "I Went to the ER with a Live Roach in My Ear and It Was as Horrifying as You Think," 30 Apr. 2018 Inside the houses are palmetto bugs the size of lapdogs. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Snakes, Landslides & Adventures in Real Estate," 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,, "Florida woman has live cockroach removed from her ear: 'I need therapy'," 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, "Florida woman wakes up with flying cockroach in her ear," 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, "A cockroach was 'thrashing about' inside her ear. It took nine days to get it out | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Legs that could only belong to an adventurous palmetto bug [a type of roach] exploring my ear canal. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Common Is It Actually for a Bug to Crawl in Your Ear?," 1 May 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Palmetto bug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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