punaise

noun pu·naise \pyüˈnāz\
variants: or

punese

\-nēz\

Definition of punaise

plural

-s

  1. :  bedbug

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Origin and Etymology of punaise

Middle French punaise, from feminine of punais stinking, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin putinasius stinking from the nose, from Latin putēre to stink + nasus nose — more at foul, nose


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