Meaning of “bedbug” in the English Dictionary

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"bedbug" in British English

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bedbugnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbed.bʌɡ/ us /ˈbed.bʌɡ/

Examples from literature

  • Ants, especially the white ant, pay frequent visits to the house, but the worst scourge of all is the ravenous bedbug. 
  • The bedbug is also by no means the harmless creature which it is generally regarded. 
  • The flea, the louse, the bedbug, the house fly, the mosquito, the tick, have all within a few years taken their places as important transmitters of disease. 
  • The wood-tick is a small, rather disgusting-looking creature which, in appearance and size, resembles the common bedbug. 
  • There is only one objection to the box spring: when the bedbug once effects an entrance therein, the days of that spring are numbered, for there is no evicting him. 

(Definition of “bedbug” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)