whirligig beetle

noun

Definition of whirligig beetle

: any of a family (Gyrinidae) of beetles with two pairs of eyes and clubbed antennae that live mostly on the surface of water where they swim swiftly about in circles

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Recent Examples on the Web Consider whirligig beetles, which Eisner and Dr. Meinwald studied in the early 1970s. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, dies; studied creatures’ chemical signals," 16 May 2018 Consider whirligig beetles, which Dr. Eisner and Dr. Meinwald studied in the early 1970s. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Jerrold Meinwald, 91, Dies; Studied Creatures’ Chemical Signals," 14 May 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Whirligig beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whirligig%20beetle. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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