from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See ladybug.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the Coccinellidae family of beetles, typically having a round shape and red or yellow spotted elytra.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beetle of the family Coccinellidæ, order Coleoptera, so called from its graceful form and delicate coloration.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)