potato bug


Examples of potato bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The possum-size critters—nearly blind and resembling a cross between an anteater and a giant potato bug—have been creeping north from Texas for decades and in recent years have made a home in the Land of Lincoln, tearing up yards, drawing puzzled looks and littering highways with their carcasses. Joe Barrett, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of potato bug was in 1799

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“Potato bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potato%20bug. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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