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1. A colloquial term for any small insect or arthropod, esp. of the order Hemiptera, that has sucking mouth parts, incomplete metamorphosis, and two pairs of wings, the fore pair being half membranous. See: bedbug; chigger
2. A colloquial term for a disease-causing germ or microorganism.

assassin bug

Any member of the family Reduviidae. Many are predaceous; others are bloodsucking. Panstrongylus, Triatoma, and Rhodnius are vectors of Chagas disease.
See: conenose; trypanosomiasis

cone-nose bug

, cone-nosed bugConenose.

croton bug

German cockroach.

kissing bug


red bug

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WHY THEY'LL WIN: The Redbugs are young, but should have enough experience to know how to win on Friday nights.
The Redbugs flourished under Parker's tutelage, going 105-15-4 over an eight-period, capped by a 37-game winning streak from 1957-60, before he got the itch to get into the collegiate ranks.