[ley-dee-buhg] /ˈleɪ diˌbʌg/
any of numerous small, round, often brightly colored and spotted beetles of the family Coccinellidae, feeding chiefly on aphids and other small insects, but including several forms that feed on plants.
1690s, from lady + bug (n.). The “lady” is the Virgin Mary (cf. German cognate Marienkäfer). In Britain, now usually ladybird beetle (1704), through aversion to the word bug, which there has overtones of sodomy.
noun 1. a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, attached to a church, and generally behind the high altar at the extremity of the apse. noun 1. a chapel within a church or cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary
noun 1. a brightly speckled swimming crab, Ovalipes ocellatus, of sandy beaches along the Atlantic coast of the U.S.
noun 1. (def 3). 2. one of various days celebrated in honor of the Virgin Mary. [hol-i-dey] /ˈhɒl ɪˌdeɪ/ noun 1. Billie (“Lady Day”) 1915–59, U.S. jazz singer. /ˈhɒlɪˌdeɪ; -dɪ/ noun 1. (often pl) (mainly Brit) 2. a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, […]
noun 1. a fern, Athyrium filix-femina, having delicate, feathery fronds. noun 1. a large, graceful, but variable fern, Athyrium filix-femina, with bipinnate fronds, commonly found on damp acid soils in woods and on hillsides