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Chinch \Chinch\, n. [Cf. Sp. chinche, fr. L. cimex.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) The bedbug ( Cimex lectularius).

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A bug ( Blissus leucopterus), which, in the United States, is very destructive to grass, wheat, and other grains; -- also called chiniz, chinch bug, chink bug. It resembles the bedbug in its disgusting odor.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"bedbug," 1610s, from Spanish/Portuguese chinche (diminutive chinchilla) "bug," from Latin cimicem (nominative cimex) "bedbug." Related: Chinch-bug.\n\n


n. The bedbug ((taxlink Cimex lectularius species noshow=1)).


n. bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood [syn: bedbug, bed bug, Cimex lectularius]


Usage examples of "chinch".

And during my emptiest moments when I felt the worst about myself, damn if I wouldn't see one of those chinch bug shells that used to litter the lawn of my childhood home.

Their voices may as well be the chatter of crows as I remember the thick Miami grass of my childhood, and dried-out chinch bug husks and the key lime tree in my small backyard.

We're supposed to have property lines and bushes and chinch bugs and home improvement loans.