whirligig beetle

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Consider whirligig beetles, which Eisner and Dr. Meinwald studied in the early 1970s. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2018 Consider whirligig beetles, which Dr. Eisner and Dr. Meinwald studied in the early 1970s. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 14 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whirligig beetle was in 1855

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“Whirligig beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whirligig%20beetle. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

whirligig beetle

noun
: any of a family of beetles that live mostly on the surface of water where they swim about in circles

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