wheel bug

noun

Definition of wheel bug

: a large North American assassin bug (Arilus cristatus) that has a high serrated crest on its prothorax and preys on insects

Examples of wheel bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some scientists suspect that certain native species, including the wheel bug and the corn spider, are beginning to take advantage of the abundant new food source in town. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home," 8 Aug. 2011

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First Known Use of wheel bug

1815, in the meaning defined above

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“Wheel bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheel%20bug. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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