from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small, flat, red and black bugs of the genus Dysdercus that pierce cotton bolls and stain the fibers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a species of hemipterous insect (Dysdercus suturellus), which seriously damages growing cotton by staining it; -- called also redbug.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A familiar heteropterous insect or bug of the family Pyrrhocoridæ, Dysdercus suturellus: so called from its staining cotton an indelible reddish or yellowish color.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a true bug: bug that damages and stains the lint of developing cotton
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