cimex [sahy-meks] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural cim·i·ces [sim-uh-seez] /ˈsɪm əˌsiz/. a bedbug of the genus Cimex.

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  • Origin of cimex 1575–85; New Latin, Latin cīmex bedbug Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for cimex Historical Examples of cimex

  • It has the same habits and practically the same life cycle as Cimex lectularius.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • But the resources of one-and-twenty are not easily daunted, even by the presence of the cimex lectularius or the pulex irritans.

    Tracks of a Rolling Stone

    Henry J. Coke

  • In fact, in general outline they are strikingly like that bte noire of all good housekeepers—the Cimex lectularius.

    Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly,


  • The former dedicated a fine species of Cimex to Drury, figured in the first volume of these Illustrations, pl.

    Illustrations of Exotic Entomology, Volume 1

    Dru Drury

  • The physiology and activity of the bedbug (Cimex lectularius L.) in a natural infestation.

    The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches

    Louis M. Roth

  • British Dictionary definitions for cimex cimex noun plural cimices (ˈsɪmɪˌsiːz) any of the heteropterous insects of the genus Cimex, esp the bedbug Word Origin for cimex C16: from Latin: bug Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for cimex n.

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

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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