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Definition of "doodlebug" [doodlebug]

  • Chiefly Southern U.S. See ant lion. (noun)
  • Chiefly Southern U.S. See pill bug. (noun)
  • Chiefly Southern U.S. See sow bug. (noun)
  • Chiefly Southern U.S. A divining rod. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "doodlebug" in a sentence
  • "In 1958, he and I worked ten days on and five days off for what was called a doodlebug outfit, or seismograph crew, laying out rubber cable and seismic jugs in bays and swamps all along the Louisiana-Texas coastline."
  • "Olimar's Notes: While life-forms that excrete foul musks to warn of danger are not rare, the doodlebug is the only species known to release flatulence when active above ground."
  • "But the rocket, known to the British as the "buzz bomb" or the "doodlebug," was also easily spotted and comparatively slow, making it vulnerable to antiaircraft fire and enemy fighters."