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n. Chiefly Southern & Midland US
[Spanish chinche, from Latin cīmex, cīmic-, bug.]
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(Animals) Southern US another name for a bedbug
[C17: from Spanish chinche, from Latin cīmex bug]
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1. chinch bug.
2. (loosely) a bedbug.
[1615–25; < Sp chinche < Latin cīmic-, s. of cīmex bug]
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|Noun||1.||chinch - bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood|
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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