oil beetle

noun

: any of various blister beetles (genus Meloe or a related genus) that emit a yellowish liquid from the leg joints when disturbed

Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oil beetle was in 1658

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“Oil beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20beetle. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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