chinch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chinch bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chinch (Zoöl) 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.
    • Chinch (Zoöl) The bedbug (Cimex lectularius).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chinch Same as chich.
    • n chinch Same as chich.
    • chinch To be niggardly.
    • n chinch Same as chinch-bug, 1.
    • n chinch The common bedbug, Cimex lectularius.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chinch chinch the bed-bug in America.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sp. chinche, fr. L. cimex
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp.,—L. cimic-em.

Usage

In literature:

The chinch bugs might bother everyone else, but Martin seemed to be able to guard against them with fair success.
"Dust" by Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I ain't no pulpit chinch.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
You can't never git de chinches out of dese cotton matt'esses us has to sleep on now days.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Chinch bugs are not as healthy in some places as in others.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
To stop a boat leaking you "chinch" the seams with oakum.
"Le Petit Nord" by Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
Foreign vessels, furnished with government licences, are allowed to load at the Chinche Islands only.
"Guano" by Solon Robinson
In western Kansas the "blowout" has been as great a source of damage to the wheat fields as the drought or chinch bugs or hot winds.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
Almost equally important is the damage wrought by the chinch-bug, which is also one of the greatest pests in wheat and oats.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
Write to the Division of Entomology, Washington, for bulletins on the chinch bug.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Found them so popular that he took on chinch bugs at a nickel, and fairly coined money.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
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In news:

Chinch bug in center of right palm.
The battle with false chinch bugs in canola may be over, but these pests thrive in drought conditions and are not above targeting additional crops, such as those raised by Oklahoma sorghum and soybean growers.
Chinch bugs can devastate lawns, especially St Augustine grass.
Chinch bugs are a major pest of St Augustine lawns but also have been found in Zoysia, Bermuda and Centipede grasses.
One of the worst bugs for the lawn are Chinch bugs.
And the chinch bugs are coming.
Like last year, chinch -bug damage is showing up early because we had a mild winter.
The battle with false chinch bug s in canola may be over, but these pests thrive in drought conditions and are not above targeting additional crops, such as those raised by Oklahoma sorghum and soybean growers.
A chinch bug inserts a slender beak into the grass, injects a toxin and extracts the plant juices.
I've seen chinch bug s eating in sunny areas and not bother shady areas only a couple of feet away.
Like last year, chinch-bug damage is showing up early because we had a mild winter.
Chinch bugs can devastate lawns, especially St Augustine grass.
Chinch bugs are a major pest of St Augustine lawns but also have been found in Zoysia, Bermuda and Centipede grasses.
The insect is called Chinches and are also known as the kissing bug because they usually bite humans in the face in the evening.
I was told that I may have had a chinch bug problem.
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