Assassin bug

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Assassin bug

An insect of the family reduviidae (order Hemiptera) that inflicts irritating, painful bites in animals and man; related to the cone-nosed bugs (triatomines), a vector of American trypanosomiasis.

Origin: fr., fr. It. Assassino, fr. Ar. Hashshashin, those addicted to hashish