One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant-eating ground bug that forms large swarms on grasses and rushes.
Two species in the family Lygaeidae, suborder Heteroptera: the American Blissus leucopterus, which is a major pest of cereal crops, and the European Ischnodemus sabuleti
- ‘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.’
- ‘The product works as either a preventive or curative control for fire ants, mole crickets, sod webworms, cutworms, armyworms and chinch bugs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Soybeans are not a chinch bug host and would be a better choice in these areas.’
- ‘He chuckles, ‘There's nothing a quail likes as much as a chinch bug.’’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘bedbug’): from Spanish chinche, from Latin cimex, cimic-.
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