American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See ladybug.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beetle of the family Coccinellidæ, order Coleoptera, so called from its graceful form and delicate coloration. The eggs are laid in small clusters, and the larvæ are for the most part carnivorous, feeding upon plant-lice, bark-lice, and small insects of all sorts; one, however, eats the leaves of plants. The adult beetles are in the main predaceous, but sometimes feed upon pollen. The pupa is usually formed within the last larval skin, which is suspended by its anal end to some leaf or other object. The pupæ and also the larvæ of some species have been known to winter over, but the beetles usually hibernate. The species are very numerous; those figured, Coccinella picta (see under Coccinellidæ), C. munda, C. novem-notata. Megilla maculata, Anatis quindecim-punclata, are all common in the United States. Also called ladybug, ladyclock, ladycow, ladyfly.
- n. The pintail duck, Dafila acuta: so called from its graceful form.
- n. A lady-love; a sweetheart: often used as a term of endearment.
- n. Any of the Coccinellidae family of beetles, typically having a round shape and red or yellow spotted elytra.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small beetles of the genus Coccinella and allied genera (family
Coccinellidæ); -- called also ladybug, ladyclock, lady cow, lady fly, ladybeetle, and lady beetle. Coccinella seplempunctata in one of the common European species. See coccinella.
- n. small round bright-colored and spotted beetle that usually feeds on aphids and other insect pests
- From lady + bird, the “lady” here referring to the Virgin Mary, Jesus′ mother. Compare German Marienkäfer. (Wiktionary)
“-- And why do the people in Suffolk call a ladybird "Bishop Barnaby?”
“The Finnish word for ladybird translates to Blood Gertrude.”
“There are about 5,000 species of ladybugs, also known as ladybird beetles, with about 450 species in the United States, Losey said.”
“So when I married I had sixty shirts, and many other things — sewn by my mother and my aunt, all with my initial, and the ladybird, which is our crest.’”
“MARIQUITA Mariquita (Spanish for 'ladybird') is the sole survivor of the”
“Both girls had some trouble understanding his accent, and they were thrown off by his use of "ladybird" instead of "ladybug" when referring to the red-and-white sweater Gabby wants for Christmas.”
“A special YogaBugs session – face-painting and dressing up as a ladybird or caterpillar is optional – will offer a chance for over-excited souls to unwind a little.”
“The first of these introductions begins on Thursday with the release of 30 ladybird spiders into the RSPB's Arne reserve in Dorset.”
“It is the mature male ladybird spiders that have the bright red bodies covered in small black spots, which give the species its name.”
“The ladybird spider – Eresus sandaliatus – is one of the most colourful arachnids in Britain, but by the 1990s only 56 were left.”
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