Definitions

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

  • n. Any of numerous hemipterous insects of the family Pentatomidae, having a broad, flattened body and emitting a foul odor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Insects, usually shield-shaped, that possess a gland that produces a foul smelling liquid, usually containing aldehydes which they use to discourage predators.
  • n. A common name applied to various insects of the Hemiptera order (the "true bugs"), in the Heteroptera suborder, principally in the superfamilies Pentatomoidea and Coreoidea.
  • n. A pinacate beetle or stink beetle (genus Eleodes) that releases a pungent odor when threatened.

Etymologies

stink +‎ bug (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just chucked a stinkin stinkbug right into this mess!

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  • "That must be our stinkbug, right there," Jumbo said.

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  • Walking downwind of them one evening, we could smell them, an acrid stinkbug stink, like nail polish remover and armpit.

    The Dirty Life

  • Parasitic flies, for example, were brought in to keep down a species of stinkbug.

    Parasite Rex

  • But it also stinks to be taken advantage of; and I love that the stinkbug puts his foot down and remembers, "it never hurts to raise a little stink every now and then."

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  • The Plot: A "lazy old lion" escapes the zoo; the lion yawns and out climbs a lazy old lion tamer; under the lion tamer's hat is a lazy old circus mouse; and in the mouse's ear is a teeny tiny stinkbug.

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  • "But the stinkbug ... although he was extremely good-natured, he was definitely nobody's fool."

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  • The stinkbug does everything, from sewing curtains to making bananas flambe to running out for a remote so that the lion, lion tamer, and mouse don't have to get up to change to the channel on the TV.

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  • She spat that out as though there was a stinkbug in her mouth.

    The Demon Queen

  • Can't Post | abejoro - bubble bee tijerilla - scissor tail bug that cleans the corn campamocha - mantis chapulín - grasshopper chinche - bed bug, sometimes stinkbug chinche de compostela - those big black ones that bite vaiborín - chiggers (often found on chinches de compestela) áfidos - you know

    Insects

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