chinch bug

chinch bug
noun Date: 1785 a small black-and-white bug (Blissus leucopterus) that is very destructive to cereal grasses

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  • chinch bug — Chinch Chinch, n. [Cf. Sp. chinche, fr. L. {cimex}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The bedbug ({Cimex lectularius}). [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A bug ({Blissus leucopterus}), which, in the United States, is very destructive to grass, wheat, and other grains;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chinch bug — Chinch bug, n. (Zo[ o]l.) see {chinch[2]}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chinch bug — ● chinch bug nom masculin (anglais chinch bug) Nom usuel du blissus …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • chinch bug — chinch′ bug n. ent a small lygaeid bug, Blissus leucopterus, that feeds on corn, wheat, and other grains • Etymology: 1775–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • chinch bug — ☆ chinch bug n. a small, white winged, black hemipterous bug (Blissus leucopterus) that damages grain plants by sucking out the juices …   English World dictionary

  • chinch bug — a small lygaeid bug, Blissus leucopterus, that feeds on corn, wheat, and other grains. [1775 85, Amer.] * * * ▪ insect  (Blissus leucopterus), important grain and corn pest belonging to the insect family Lygaeidae (order Heteroptera). Though a… …   Universalium

  • chinch bug — noun small black and white insect that feeds on cereal grasses • Syn: ↑Blissus leucopterus • Hypernyms: ↑lygaeid, ↑lygaeid bug • Member Holonyms: ↑Blissus, ↑genus Blissus * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chinch bug — The term chinch bug can refer to a few different North American insects: Blissus insularis – the southern chinch bug Blissus leucopterus – the true chinch bug Nysius raphanus – the false chinch bug All three species are in the order Hemiptera,… …   Wikipedia

  • chinch bug — /ˈtʃɪntʃ bʌg/ (say chinch bug) noun any of numerous small hemipterous insects of the family Lygaeidae, some of which are very destructive of fruit, vegetables, grasses, and grain crops as the Rutherglen bug. {chinch from Spanish cinche, from… …  

  • chinch bug — [tʃɪn(t)ʃ] noun a plant eating ground bug that forms large swarms on grasses and rushes. [Blissus leucopterus (America) and Ischnodemus sabuleti (Europe).] Origin C17 (in the sense bedbug ): from Sp. chinche, from L. cimex, cimic …   English new terms dictionary

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