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beetle

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1beetle

noun bee·tle \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

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