squash bug

noun

Definition of squash bug

: a large black American bug (Anasa tristis of the family Coreidae) injurious to plants of the gourd family

Examples of squash bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The adult squash bug is flat-backed, brownish black, and measures about 0.62 inches long. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2020 Tatume is mostly immune to the harmful squash vine borer and squash bugs. Dallas News, 30 Apr. 2020 At the beginning of the season, cover your plants with floating row covers to protect them from common culprits like squash bugs, squash vine borers, and cucumber beetles. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 12 July 2019 Special squashes such as Potimarron or Honey Roaster succumb early to the toxic bite of squash bug nymphs in my garden. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 22 June 2018 Pale to brown blotches on leaves are the work of squash bugs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 12 June 2017 Apple engineers have also been working to squash bugs related to the on-board firmware, according to the people familiar. Fortune, 21 June 2018 For instance, in her garden, Zaklan struggles with difficult-to-control squash bugs. OregonLive.com, 29 Mar. 2018 Topics will include planting, side dressing, companion planting, and how to inspect for squash bug and codling moths. Courant Community, 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of squash bug

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of squash bug was circa 1846

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“Squash bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squash%20bug. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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