noun pu·naise \pyüˈnāz\
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Definition of punaise



  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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to cast off or become cast off

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