stinkbug

noun
stink·bug | \ˈstiŋk-ˌbəg \

Definition of stinkbug 

: any of various hemipterous bugs (especially family Pentatomidae) that emit a disagreeable odor

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My black beetle was colossal compared with the brown stinkbug, and had a huge horn on its head. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 14 Mar. 2018 As the New York Times reports: The tale also comes in the form of an audiobook voiced by a string of celebrities including Jim Parsons as Marlon Bundo and John Lithgow as the stinkbug, as well as Ellie Kemper, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and RuPaul. Luke Darby, GQ, "Mike Pence's Gay Rabbit Is the Newest Kid-Lit Sensation," 21 Mar. 2018 The tale also comes in the form of an audiobook voiced by a string of celebrities including Jim Parsons as Marlon Bundo and John Lithgow as the stinkbug, as well as Ellie Kemper, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and RuPaul. Liam Stack, New York Times, "Children’s Book About Mike Pence’s Gay Bunny Jumps to No. 1," 20 Mar. 2018 Each year, the number of stinkbugs invading my home grows. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 14 Mar. 2018 How satisfying to spy an assassin bug impaling a stinkbug or Japanese beetle in their grasp! Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Black-eyed Susans with fungal leaf spot disease," 11 July 2017 Harlequin bugs are a type of stinkbug that commonly feed on members of the mustard family (e.g. cabbage, broccoli, radishes). Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Black-eyed Susans with fungal leaf spot disease," 11 July 2017

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circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

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stinkbug

noun
stink·bug | \ˈstiŋk-ˌbəg \

Kids Definition of stinkbug

: a bug that gives off a bad smell

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