beetle

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1bee·tle

noun \ˈbē-təl\

Definition of BEETLE

1
:  any of an order (Coleoptera) of insects having four wings of which the outer pair are modified into stiff elytra that protect the inner pair when at rest
2
:  any of various insects resembling a beetle

Origin of BEETLE

Middle English betylle, from Old English bitula; akin to bītan to bite
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Insect Terms

drone, entomology, gadfly, pismire, proboscis, vespine

Rhymes with BEETLE

2beetle

verb
bee·tledbee·tling \ˈbē-təl-iŋ\

Definition of BEETLE

intransitive verb
:  to scurry like a beetle <editors beetled around the office>

First Known Use of BEETLE

circa 1919

3beetle

noun

Definition of BEETLE

1
:  a heavy wooden hammering or ramming instrument
2
:  a wooden pestle or bat for domestic tasks

Origin of BEETLE

Middle English betel, from Old English bīetel; akin to Old English bēatan to beat
First Known Use: before 12th century

4beetle

adjective

Definition of BEETLE

:  being prominent and overhanging <beetle brows>

Origin of BEETLE

Middle English bitel-browed having overhanging brows, probably from betylle, bitel beetle
First Known Use: 14th century

5beetle

verb
bee·tledbee·tling \ˈbē-təl-iŋ\

Definition of BEETLE

intransitive verb
:  project, jut <to scale the beetling crags — R. L. Stevenson>

First Known Use of BEETLE

1602

beetle

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of at least 250,000 species of insects constituting the order Coleoptera (the largest order in the animal kingdom), characterized by special forewings, called elytra, which are modified into hardened covers over a second pair of functional wings. Beetles occur in almost all environments except Antarctica and the peaks of the highest mountains. Temperate zones have fewer beetle species than the tropics but in greater numbers. The smallest species are less than 0.04 in. (1 mm) long; the largest can exceed 8 in. (20 cm). Most beetles eat either other animals or plants; some eat decaying matter. Some species destroy crops, timber, and textiles and spread parasitic worms and diseases. Others are valuable predators of insect pests. Some beetles are known by other common names (e.g., borer, chafer, curculio, firefly, weevil). Beetles are preyed on by other insects and by bats, swifts, and frogs.

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