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beetle

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noun bee·tle \ˈbē-təl\

Definition of beetle

  1. 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. 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

Rhymes with beetle


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beetle

verb bee·tle

Definition of beetle

bee·tledbee·tling play \ˈbē-təl-iŋ\

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



Circa 1919

First Known Use of beetle

circa 1919


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beetle

noun bee·tle

Definition of beetle

  1. 1 :  a heavy wooden hammering or ramming instrument

  2. 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


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beetle

adjective bee·tle

Definition of beetle

  1. :  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


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beetle

verb bee·tle

Definition of beetle

bee·tledbee·tling play \ˈbē-təl-iŋ\

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



1602

First Known Use of beetle

1602



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