chinch bug

chinch bug
small black-and-white insect that feeds on cereal grasses
Hypernyms: ↑lygaeid, ↑lygaeid bug
Member Holonyms: ↑Blissus, ↑genus Blissus

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noun also chinch \\ˈchinch\; or chintz \\-n(t)s\ (-es)
Etymology: Spanish chinche, from Latin cimic-, cimex; akin to Lithuanian šemas blue-gray, Sanskrit śyāma black, dark, Old English hār gray, old — more at hoar
1. : a small bug (Blissus leucopterus) of the family Lygaeidae that is black and white in color when adult and very destructive to grass, wheat, corn, and other grains especially in the central United States during dry seasons
2. chinch or sometimes chintz : bedbug

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a small lygaeid bug, Blissus leucopterus, that feeds on corn, wheat, and other grains.
[1775-85, Amer.]

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chinch bug noun
A heteropterous insect (Blissus leucopterus), a serious pest of cereal crops in the USA
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Main Entry:chinch

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chinch bug,
a small, usually black-and-white bug that does much damage to wheat, corn, grass, and other cereal plants in dry weather.

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  • chinch bug — Chinch Chinch, n. [Cf. Sp. chinche, fr. L. {cimex}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The bedbug ({Cimex lectularius}). [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A bug ({Blissus leucopterus}), which, in the United States, is very destructive to grass, wheat, and other grains;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chinch bug — Chinch bug, n. (Zo[ o]l.) see {chinch[2]}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chinch bug — ● chinch bug nom masculin (anglais chinch bug) Nom usuel du blissus …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • chinch bug — chinch′ bug n. ent a small lygaeid bug, Blissus leucopterus, that feeds on corn, wheat, and other grains • Etymology: 1775–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • chinch bug — ☆ chinch bug n. a small, white winged, black hemipterous bug (Blissus leucopterus) that damages grain plants by sucking out the juices …   English World dictionary

  • chinch bug — a small lygaeid bug, Blissus leucopterus, that feeds on corn, wheat, and other grains. [1775 85, Amer.] * * * ▪ insect  (Blissus leucopterus), important grain and corn pest belonging to the insect family Lygaeidae (order Heteroptera). Though a… …   Universalium

  • Chinch bug — The term chinch bug can refer to a few different North American insects: Blissus insularis – the southern chinch bug Blissus leucopterus – the true chinch bug Nysius raphanus – the false chinch bug All three species are in the order Hemiptera,… …   Wikipedia

  • chinch bug — /ˈtʃɪntʃ bʌg/ (say chinch bug) noun any of numerous small hemipterous insects of the family Lygaeidae, some of which are very destructive of fruit, vegetables, grasses, and grain crops as the Rutherglen bug. {chinch from Spanish cinche, from… …  

  • chinch bug — noun Date: 1785 a small black and white bug (Blissus leucopterus) that is very destructive to cereal grasses …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chinch bug — [tʃɪn(t)ʃ] noun a plant eating ground bug that forms large swarms on grasses and rushes. [Blissus leucopterus (America) and Ischnodemus sabuleti (Europe).] Origin C17 (in the sense bedbug ): from Sp. chinche, from L. cimex, cimic …   English new terms dictionary

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