any of certain hemipteran insects (family Reduviidae) with a conelike base on the sucking beak, esp. a bloodsucking genus (Triatoma) that sometimes transmits parasites: found in the S U.S. and tropical America
Any of various blood-sucking assassin bugs of the subfamily Triatominae, chiefly of the Americas, many of which transmit Chagas' disease. Also called cone-nosed bug . Also called kissing bug . Also called triatomine bug .