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

  • n. Chiefly Southern & Midland U.S. See bedbug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The bedbug (Cimex lectularius).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The bedbug (Cimex lectularius).
  • n. A bug (Blissus leucopterus), which, in the United States, is very destructive to grass, wheat, and other grains; -- also called chiniz, chinch bug, chink bug. It resembles the bedbug in its disgusting odor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as chich.
  • n. Same as chich.
  • To be niggardly.
  • n. Same as chinch-bug, 1.
  • n. The common bedbug, Cimex lectularius.

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

  • n. bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood


Spanish chinche, from Latin cīmex, cīmic-, bug.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish or Portuguese chinche ("bug"), from Latin cimicem ("begbug"). (Wiktionary)



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