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- the larva of certain ant lions
- Informal a divining rod or another similar device used in trying to locate something underground
- Informal buzz bomb
doodle + bug
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
noun Chiefly Southern U.S.
- See ant lion.
- See pill bug.
- See sow bug.
- A divining rod.
Origin: Perhaps dialectal doodle, fool, simpleton; akin to Low German dudeldopp + bug.