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a flat, wingless, bloodsucking hemipterous insect, Cimex lectularius, that infests houses and especially beds.
any of several other bloodsucking bugs of the family Cimicidae.
Historical Examples

It made a luxurious bed, and quite free from vermin; for a bedbug will never approach a bearskin.
In Search of a Siberian Klondike Homer B. Hulbert

He has found the parasite in all stages of development in the bedbug.
Insects and Diseases Rennie W. Doane

In Kansas, the bedbug is improperly called the chintz-bug, and is believed to dwell under the bark of the cotton-wood tree.
Guide to Hotel Housekeeping Mary E. Palmer

Two years ago I had occasion to visit 21— Armour Avenue, a “50-cent house” in the infamous “bedbug row district.”
Chicago’s Black Traffic in White Girls Jean Turner-Zimmermann

Well, I should eat a bedbug, if you can surpass it in this old town for dazzle.
Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar

The bedbug has not been seen in a year in Porto Rico, though there is no reason why it should not be here.
The Popular Science Monthly, September, 1900 Various

But on the subject of the Terran Federation, he’s crazy as a bedbug.
The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper

The physiology and activity of the bedbug (Cimex lectularius L.) in a natural infestation.
The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches Louis M. Roth

The spread of the bedbug is mainly due to its being carried from place to place in furniture and clothing.
Guide to Hotel Housekeeping Mary E. Palmer

The bedbug is more of a tradition than a fact, and many of those who shudder at mention of him have never seen one of his kind.
Happiness as Found in Forethought Minus Fearthought Horace Fletcher

any of several bloodsucking insects of the heteropterous genus Cimex, esp C. lectularius of temperate regions, having an oval flattened wingless body and infesting dirty houses: family Cimicidae

also bed-bug, 1772, from bed (n.) + bug (n.).

[The bed bug] is supposed to have been first introduced to this country in the fir timber that was brought over to rebuild London after it had suffered by the great fire; for it is generally said that Bugs were not known in England before that time, and many of them were found almost immediately afterwards in the new-built houses. [the Rev. W. Bingley, “Animal Biography; or Anecdotes of the Lives, Manners, and Economy of the Animal Creation,” London, 1803]

bedbug bed·bug (běd’bŭg’)
A wingless, odorous insect with a flat, reddish body that infests dwellings and bedding and feeds on human blood.

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