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assassin bug


Definition: an insect of the family Reduviidae (order Hemiptera) that inflicts irritating, painful bites in animals and humans; related to the cone-nosed bugs (triatomines), a vector of American trypanosomiasis.

[Fr., fr. It. assassino, fr. Ar. hashshāshin, those addicted to hashish]

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