water beetle

noun

Definition of water beetle

: any of numerous oval flattened aquatic beetles (such as a diving beetle or whirligig beetle) that swim by means of their fringed hind legs which act together as oars

Examples of water beetle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After witnessing his water beetle-tadpole smackdown, Dr. Valdez, too, had written it up as a note. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, 10 Aug. 2020 While that mind-set isn’t ironclad — the giant water beetle pheromone used on the raw oysters ($8 for two) is the real thing imported from Thailand — it’s given form to some unforgettable dishes. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, 14 Nov. 2019 Like all insects, this edible water beetle contains significant amounts of fiber due to the chitin from their outer skeleton. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 25 Oct. 2019 Spangler named the insect brychius hungerfordi, Hungerford's crawling water beetle, for his instructor at the biological station, entomologist Herbert B. Hungerford. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 16 July 2019 Inside is a siren over a foot long, surrounded by a carpet of flopping tadpoles and water beetles. Asher Elbein, Washington Post, 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of water beetle

circa 1668, in the meaning defined above

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“Water beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20beetle. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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