from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An insect of the genus Cimex, which includes the bedbugs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of the genus Cimex, especially the bedbug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of hemipterous insects of which the bedbug is the best known example. See bedbug.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pl. cimices (sim′ i-sēz). A bug, as a bedbug.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of heteropterous hemipterous insects, typical of the family Cimicidæ. Cimex lectularius is the bedbug. See bug, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of the Cimicidae: bedbugs


Latin cīmex, bedbug.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name Cimex, from Latin cīmex ("bug"). (Wiktionary)


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