wheel bug


wheel bug
wheel′ bug`
n.
ent an assassin bug, Arilus cristatus, that has a rounded sawtoothed crest behind the head and is a bloodsucker of insects
Etymology: 1805–15, amer.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Wheel bug — Wheel Wheel (hw[=e]l), n. [OE. wheel, hweol, AS. hwe[ o]l, hweogul, hweowol; akin to D. wiel, Icel. hv[=e]l, Gr. ky klos, Skr. cakra; cf. Icel. hj[=o]l, Dan. hiul, Sw. hjul. [root]218. Cf. {Cycle}, {Cyclopedia}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A circular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wheel bug — ☆ wheel bug n. a large North American assassin bug (Arilus cristatus) distinguished by a high, saw toothed crest on the prothorax: it sucks the blood of other insects …   English World dictionary

  • Wheel bug — Taxobox | name = Wheel bug image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hemiptera familia = Reduviidae genus = Arilus species = A. cristatus binomial = Arilus cristatus binomial authority = (Linnaeus,… …   Wikipedia

  • wheel bug — noun large predatory North American bug that sucks the blood of other insects • Syn: ↑Arilus cristatus • Hypernyms: ↑assassin bug, ↑reduviid • Member Holonyms: ↑Arilus, ↑genus Arilus * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • wheel bug — noun Date: 1815 a large North American assassin bug (Arilus cristatus) that has a high serrated crest on its prothorax and preys on insects …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wheel bug — an assassin bug, Arilus cristatus, that has a toothed, semicircular crest on the pronotum and preys on other insects. [1805 15, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Wheel — (hw[=e]l), n. [OE. wheel, hweol, AS. hwe[ o]l, hweogul, hweowol; akin to D. wiel, Icel. hv[=e]l, Gr. ky klos, Skr. cakra; cf. Icel. hj[=o]l, Dan. hiul, Sw. hjul. [root]218. Cf. {Cycle}, {Cyclopedia}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A circular frame turning… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wheel and axle — Wheel Wheel (hw[=e]l), n. [OE. wheel, hweol, AS. hwe[ o]l, hweogul, hweowol; akin to D. wiel, Icel. hv[=e]l, Gr. ky klos, Skr. cakra; cf. Icel. hj[=o]l, Dan. hiul, Sw. hjul. [root]218. Cf. {Cycle}, {Cyclopedia}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A circular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wheel animal — Wheel Wheel (hw[=e]l), n. [OE. wheel, hweol, AS. hwe[ o]l, hweogul, hweowol; akin to D. wiel, Icel. hv[=e]l, Gr. ky klos, Skr. cakra; cf. Icel. hj[=o]l, Dan. hiul, Sw. hjul. [root]218. Cf. {Cycle}, {Cyclopedia}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A circular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wheel animalcule — Wheel Wheel (hw[=e]l), n. [OE. wheel, hweol, AS. hwe[ o]l, hweogul, hweowol; akin to D. wiel, Icel. hv[=e]l, Gr. ky klos, Skr. cakra; cf. Icel. hj[=o]l, Dan. hiul, Sw. hjul. [root]218. Cf. {Cycle}, {Cyclopedia}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A circular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English