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assassin bug

n.
Any of various predatory insects of the family Reduviidae, having a short stout beak used to prey on other insects or, in certain genera, to suck blood from mammals. Also called reduviid.
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assassin bug

n
(Animals) any long-legged predatory, often blood-sucking, insect of the heteropterous family Reduviidae
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assas′sin bug`


n.
any of various large bugs of the family Reduviidae, many of which kill and extract the blood of other insects and some of which are bloodsucking parasites of mammals.
[1890–95]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assassin bug - a true bug: long-legged predacious bug living mostly on other insectsassassin bug - a true bug: long-legged predacious bug living mostly on other insects; a few suck blood of mammals
heteropterous insect - true bugs: insects whose forewings are membranous but have leathery tips
family Reduviidae, Reduviidae - assassin bugs
Arilus cristatus, wheel bug - large predatory North American bug that sucks the blood of other insects
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