click beetle

noun

: any of a family (Elateridae) of beetles able to right themselves with a click when inverted by flexing the articulation between the prothorax and mesothorax

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But not many realize that click beetles living in termite mounds also light up. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 19 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of click beetle was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Click beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/click%20beetle. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

click beetle

noun
: any of a family of beetles that are able when turned over to flip into the air by a sudden movement that produces a distinct click

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