Definitions

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

  • n. See assassin bug.

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  • n. any member of the Reduviidae family of insects, especially the assassin bug

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the heteropterous family Reduviidæ.
  • Having the characters of or belonging to the family Reduviidæ.

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

  • n. a true bug: long-legged predacious bug living mostly on other insects; a few suck blood of mammals

Etymologies

From New Latin Reduviidae, family name, from Reduvius, type genus, from Latin reduvia, hangnail, fragment.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Chagas disease, also called American trypanosomiasis or ‘kissing bug’ disease is transmitted by the reduviid bug, which prefers to bite the lips and face.

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  • Its victims suffer only flulike symptoms in the first phase of infection, but it often isn't diagnosed till after the parasite has entered the central nervous system, causing mental deterioration, mood swings, coma and death. is passed on by the the reduviid, or "kissing bug," named for its tendency to bite its victims around the lips, in South and Central America.

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  • • Chagas disease is passed on by the the reduviid, or "kissing bug," named for its tendency to bite its victims around the lips, in South and Central America.

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  • Very common in South and Central America, this disease is most often transferred by the reduviid insect, commonly known as the "kissing bug."

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