One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Slang (originally and chiefly British). A thief who steals from a drunk or unconscious person. Now historical and rare.
2Informal (originally depreciative). A person who studies or collects insects or other bugs; an entomologist.
Early 18th century (in an earlier sense). From bug + hunter.
bug hunter/ˈbʌɡ ˌhʌntə/
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