any of numerous bugs of the family reduviidae, feeding chiefly on other insects but including some forms that are bloodsucking parasites of mammals.
perhaps this is heightened by the contrast between the pretty, trim form of the ladybird and the ugliness of the -ss-ssin bug.
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any long-legged predatory, often blood-sucking, insect of the heteropterous family reduviidae
-ss-ssin bug as·sas·sin bug (ə-sās’ĭn)
a predatory bug of the family reduviidae having powerful piercing mouthparts that inflict irritating, painful bites on humans.
- Assassin fly
noun another name for robber fly
to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously. to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously: to -ss-ssinate a person’s character. historical examples gin you met this ganglin’ -ss-ssinator, wha’d be for maister? the best short stories of 1917 various i think that the firing that was done could have […]
- Assateague island
a narrow island in se maryland and e virginia on chincoteague bay: annual wild pony roundup. 33 miles (53 km) long.
- Assault and battery
an -ssault with an actual touching or other violence upon another. noun (criminal law) a threat of attack to another person followed by actual attack, which need amount only to touching with hostile intent
- Assault boat
a portable boat used for landing troops on beaches and for crossing rivers. historical examples the commander would lose nothing by picking up the -ssault boat, and he would save a few men. rip foster in ride the gray planet harold leland goodwin it was close enough to the -ssault boat to haul it in […]