from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An American lygæid bug, Nysius angustatus, frequently mistaken for the chinch-bug. It is wide-spread and damages grape-vines, strawberry-plants, and garden vegetables. See
Nysius, with cut.
- noun The popular name of certain fetid American hemipterous insects of the genus Blissus, somewhat resembling the bedbug, very destructive to wheat, maize, etc., in the southern and western United States. Also chinch, chink-bug.
- noun The bedbug.
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Hessian fly, the chinch-bug and the grain plant-louse or green-bug.
The chinch-bug is responsible for the loss of five per cent., or one bushel out of every twenty.
Almost equally important is the damage wrought by the chinch-bug, which is also one of the greatest pests in wheat and oats.
This bird is one of the few that feeds upon that unsavory insect, the chinch-bug; and the number of this pest that occasionally are destroyed by it is really astonishing.
It also occasionally feeds upon the chinch-bug, as can be attested by the fact that the stomach of a specimen killed near Lincoln contained in the vicinity of one thousand of these bugs.
If the drought comes, or the flood, or the chinch-bug, or the brown-tailed moth, you may find yourself floundering in the mulligatawney.
The insects which feed on it are described, viz: a "chinch-bug," and the mole known as the gopher in Southern Illinois.
Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs
Not a spear of cheat in it. An 'this one good year the Hessian fly an' the chinch-bug has let us alone. "