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Cimex \Ci"mex\, n.; pl. Cimices. [L., a bug.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of hemipterous insects of which the bedbug is the best known example. See Bedbug.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Latin, "bug, bedbug," also a term of reproach, of uncertain origin. Related: Cimiceous "buggy;" cimicine "smelling of bugs."


n. Any member of the genus (taxlink Cimex genus noshow=1), especially the bedbug.

Usage examples of "cimex".

For to omit the hioides or throat-bone of animals, the furcula or merry-thought in birds, which supporteth the scapulæ, affording a passage for the winde-pipe and the gullet, the wings of Flyes, and disposure of their legges in their first formation from maggots, and the position of their horns, wings and legges, in their Aurelian cases and swadling clouts: The back of the Cimex Arboreus, found often upon Trees and lesser plants, doth elegantly discover the Burgundian decussation.