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See assassin bug.
[From New Latin Reduviidae, family name, from Reduvius, type genus, from Latin reduvia, hangnail, fragment; see eu- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Animals) any hemipterous bug of the family Reduviidae, which includes the assassin bugs and the wheel bug
(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the family Reduviidae
[C19: from New Latin Reduviidae, from Latin reduvia a hangnail]
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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.
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|Noun||1.||reduviid - 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
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