true bug

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Related to true bug: order Hemiptera

true bug

1. A hemipteran.
2. A heteropteran.



n., v. bugged, bug•ging. n.
1. Also called true bug. any insect of the order Hemiptera, characterized by sucking mouthparts and thickened, leathery forewings.
2. (loosely) any insect or insectlike invertebrate.
3. Informal. any microorganism, esp. a virus: an intestinal bug.
4. a defect, error, or imperfection, as in computer software.
5. Informal.
a. an often short-lived enthusiasm; a craze or obsession: He's got the sports-car bug.
b. an enthusiast; fan; hobbyist: a camera bug.
6. a hidden microphone or other electronic eavesdropping device.
7. Horse Racing. the five-pound weight allowance that can be claimed by an apprentice jockey.
8. to install a secret listening device in or on: The phone was bugged.
9. Informal. to annoy or pester.
10. (of eyes) to bulge.
11. bug off, Slang. to leave or depart (often used as a command).
12. bug out, Slang. to flee in panic.
put a bug in someone's ear, to give someone a subtle suggestion.
[1615–25; earlier bugge beetle]


(bug, buk)

1. a river in E central Europe, rising in W Ukraine and forming part of the boundary between Poland and Ukraine, flowing NW to the Vistula in Poland. 450 mi. (725 km) long.
2. a river in SW Ukraine, flowing SE to the Dnieper estuary. ab. 530 mi. (850 km) long.

true bug

A wingless or four-winged insect having mouthparts adapted for piercing or sucking. Bedbugs and lice are examples of true bugs. See Note at bug.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.true bug - any of various insects of the order Hemiptera and especially of the suborder Heteropteratrue bug - any of various insects of the order Hemiptera and especially of the suborder Heteroptera
hemipteran, hemipteron, hemipterous insect, bug - insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis
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Toby's scientific revisionary work evolved over time from carefully described and illustrated species, to employment of cladistics and matrixes of shared derived characters, to sequencing 3,500 base pairs of DNA for 450 true bug species, representing 85 percent of known families.
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Schuh for his many contributions to the study of heteropterology and for bis much appreciated help with our true bug studies.