from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various bloodsucking hemipterous insects of the family Reduviidae, especially Triatoma sanguisuga of Mexico and the southern and western United States, having sucking mouthparts and capable of inflicting a painful toxic bite. Although they usually prey on insects, some suck the blood of mammals. Also called cone-nosed bug, kissing bug.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large bloodsucking hemipterous insect of the family Reduviidæ, often found in houses, esp. in the southern and western United States. It bites severely, and is one of the species called kissing bugs. It is also called big bedbug.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hemipterous insect of the genus Conorhinus (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large bloodsucking bug
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To-day, both the Melanolestes and the "conenose" are abroad in the land.
Ustlach - watch out for conenose bugs, also called kissing bugs.
Bed bugs belong to the order Heteroptera, or true bugs, so they are written as two words, along with other true bugs such as plant bugs, seed bugs, conenose bugs, assassin bugs, etc.
These can be many insects or, like the bee assassin, eat one type of insect, or it may eat blood like the conenose.
The conenose is also called the kissing bug for its habit of biting the lips or eye or face of sleeping humans.