Definition of Kissing bug

1. Noun. Large bloodsucking bug.

Exact synonyms: Big Bedbug, Cone-nosed Bug, Conenose, Conenose Bug
Generic synonyms: Assassin Bug, Reduviid
Group relationships: Genus Triatoma, Triatoma

Definition of Kissing bug

1. Noun. a bug from the family Hemiptera, that causes sores to the human body ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Kissing Bug

kisses and makes up
kisses and tells
kissing and making up
kissing and telling
kissing bug (current term)
kissing bugs
kissing cousin
kissing cousins
kissing disease
kissing gate
kissing gates
kissing gourami
kissing kin

Literary usage of Kissing bug

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Entomological News and Proceedings of the Entomological Section of the by Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Entomological Section (1900)
"THE "kissing bug" is again epidemic in Philadelphia, and there is great danger from overcrowding in the wards of the hospitals. According to the daily press ..."

2. Annual Report by Entomological Society of Ontario, Ontario. Dept. of Agriculture (1899)
"The creature was called " the kissing bug " in consequence of its alleged habit of biting or stinging the lips of its sleeping victim and causing very ..."

3. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1902)
"The kissing bug seems to breed in the nests of mice, and is prevalent from the central Mississippi Valley to the tropics. The name 'assassin bugs' has been ..."

4. Field Book of Insects: With Special Reference to Those of Northeastern by Frank Eugene Lutz (1918)
"As the "kissing bug" this creature (Plate XXV) received considerable newspaper space ... Another species which has been accused of being a kissing-bug is ..."

5. Modern Nature Study: A First Book for Use in Canadian Schools by S. Silcox (1902)
"This insect is a near relative of the so-called kissing bug, which attained such notoriety in 1898 in the United States. Comstock calls it 'Assassin Bug. ..."

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