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

  • n. Any of various aquatic insects, especially the water boatman and certain backswimmers.
  • n. A large cockroach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of the infraorder Nepomorpha, the true water bugs.
  • n. Any of various other true bugs that live around water.
  • n. The American cockroach, Periplaneta americana.
  • n. The Oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The Croton bug.
  • Any one of numerous species of large, rapacious, aquatic, hemipterous insects belonging to Belostoma, Benacus, Zaitha, and other genera of the family Belostomatid├Ž. Their hind legs are long and fringed, and act like oars. Some of these insects are of great size, being among the largest existing Hemiptera. Many of them come out of the water and fly about at night.

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

  • n. a true bug: large aquatic bug adapted to living in or on the surface of water
  • n. small light-brown cockroach brought to United States from Europe; a common household pest

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