from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any true bug of the heteropterous section Hydrocorisæ or Cryptocerata, including those which live beneath the surface of the water. and belong to the families Corisidæ, Notonectidæ, Nepidæ, Belostomidæ, and Naucoridæ. See these words, and cuts under Belostoma and Ranatra.
  • n. Any one of certain true bugs of the heteropterous section Aurocorisa, including those which live mainly on the surface of the water, and which belong to the families Hydrobatidæ, Veliidæ, Limnobatidæ, Saldidæ, and Hydrometridæ. See these words.
  • n. The croton-bug or German cockroach, Blatta (Phyllodromia) germanica: so called from its preference for water-pipes and moist places in houses. See cuts under croton-bug and Blattidæ


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  • In your lunch bag put a large dead water-bug cockroach in a clear plastic bag on top of the container which holds your sandwich.

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  • You can even detect a water-bug (Gyrinus) ceaselessly progressing over the smooth surface a quarter of a mile off; for they furrow the water slightly, making a conspicuous ripple bounded by two diverging lines, but the skaters glide over it without rippling it perceptibly.


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  • Some kind of a water-bug has plumped right down onto my head, and left a lot of sticky sand on it, that the water does not wash away.

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  • The giant water-bug is the large, broad, grayish-brown insect that is found on the sidewalks in May and June mornings.

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  • The potato-beetle, giant water-bug, eastern swallow-tail butterfly, and promothea moth are insects suitable as types to be studied by the pupils of Form I.

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  • The illustration shows the 'lancet' of _nepa_, the water-bug.

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  • The gnat is a case in point: the water-bug, common in our ponds and ditches, is another.

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  • The boat streaked across the river's surface like a water-bug.

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  • It happened to be water-bug poison, and Sylvanus was nearly killed by the dose.

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