One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant-eating ground bug that forms large swarms on grasses and rushes.
- ‘He chuckles, ‘There's nothing a quail likes as much as a chinch bug.’’
- ‘Soybeans are not a chinch bug host and would be a better choice in these areas.’
- ‘The product works as either a preventive or curative control for fire ants, mole crickets, sod webworms, cutworms, armyworms and chinch bugs.’
- ‘The chinch bug is a native North American insect that can destroy cultivated grass crops, especially sorghum and corn, and occasionally small grains, such as wheat and barley.’
- ‘Although chinch bug numbers are not high in most fields, growers should check fields frequently during the next couple of weeks to identify problem fields.’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘bedbug’): from Spanish chinche, from Latin cimex, cimic-.
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