tiger beetle

noun

Definition of tiger beetle

: any of numerous active carnivorous beetles (family Cicindelidae) having larvae that tunnel in the soil

Examples of tiger beetle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When an ant colony went hunting small insects on a dry river bed in Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal, India, a tiger beetle began to pick off some of the ants. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2020 The ants are outpaced only by a few invertebrates, including a mite from California, Paratarsotomus macropalpis, and an Australian tiger beetle, Cicindela hudsoni, which can move at speeds of 377 and 171 body lengths per second, respectively. Jake Buehler, National Geographic, 16 Oct. 2019 This is the only home of the coral pink sand dunes tiger beetle, distinguished by a metallic back stripe that flashes rose gold. National Geographic, 23 Jan. 2020 The Saharan silver ant is third among fastest creatures on Earth, behind Australian tiger beetles and California coastal mites, at 171 body lengths per second and 377 body lengths per second, respectively. Fox News, 18 Oct. 2019 Only the California coastal mite and the Australian tiger beetle are faster, clocking in at 377 and 171 body lengths per second, respectively. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2019 Be sure to keep an eye out for the Coral Pink tiger beetle, which is endemic to the park. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 19 June 2018 Be sure to keep an eye out for the Coral Pink tiger beetle, which is endemic to the park. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 19 June 2018 No survey was done for tiger beetles, which were first discovered in the pineland in the 1930s, vanished and were rediscovered in 2007. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 8 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of tiger beetle

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Tiger beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20beetle. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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