Definition of kissing bug in English:

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kissing bug

noun

A bloodsucking North American assassin bug which can inflict a painful bite on humans and often attacks the face.
  • Melanolestes picipes, family Reduviidae, suborder Heteroptera
Example sentences
  • Flying adult kissing bugs are mainly seen during the months of May and June in the greater Tucson area.
  • At night, the kissing bug ventures forth in search of a blood meal, which may be a sleeping pet or human.
  • Usually the bite from the kissing bug is on the lips, eyelids or ears of sleeping victims and is painless.

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