Ladybug meaning

lādē-bŭg
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The definition of a ladybug is a small, roundish-shaped flying insect with a brightly colored back covered in black spots.

An example of a ladybug is a small round red bug that feeds on aphids.

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Any of numerous small, rounded, usually colorful beetles of the family Coccinellidae, often reddish with black spots and feeding primarily on other insects, including pests such as scale insects and aphids.
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Any of a family (Coccinellidae) of small, roundish beetles with spotted backs, usually brightly colored: they feed chiefly on insect pests and their eggs.
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(North America) Any beetle of the Coccinellidae family of beetles, typically having a round shape and a colorful shell.
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Origin of ladybug

  • Probably from its seven spots being considered a symbol of the seven sorrows of the Virgin Mary

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From lady +‎ bug, the “lady” here referring to Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Compare German Marienkäfer.

    From Wiktionary