Share this entry
Maori bug Line breaks: Maori bug

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of Maori bug in English:


A large black wingless cockroach which emits an unpleasant smell when disturbed.
  • Platyzosteria novaeseelandiae, suborder Blattodea
Example sentences
  • The ground on which our camp was situated had been bush, and had plenty of logs and stumps on it, and the camp swarmed with ‘Maori bugs,’ as the men called them.
  • Of special interest are the Maori bug, bush cockroach, large stick insect, bush weta, cave weta, giant tree weta, true locust, and the katydid.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources