American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See conenose.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any one of several species of predatory bugs of the family Reduviidæ. Applied notably to Opsicoetes personatus, Melanolestes picipes, Rasahus biguttatus, and Conorhinus sanguisugus. The name kissing-bug originated in the newspapers in June, 1899, many persons being bitten that, summer and often on the lip.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Zoöl.), United States Any one of several species of blood-sucking, venomous Hemiptera that sometimes bite the lip or other parts of the human body, causing painful sores, as the cone-nose (Conorhinus sanguisuga).
- n. large bloodsucking bug
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