One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of numerous plant-feeding heteropteran insects (bugs) constituting the family Pentatomidae, many members of which are brilliantly coloured; a shield bug, a stink bug.
Of or relating to the family Pentatomidae.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alpheus Packard (1839–1905). From scientific Latin Pentatoma, genus name (Olivier 1789; from French pentatome from penta- + -tome, in reference to the five-jointed antennae) + -id, after scientific Latin Pentatomidae, family name (J. F. Stephens Systematic Catal. Brit. Insects 337; earlier as Pentatomida).
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