Definition of blister beetle in English:

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blister beetle

noun

A beetle that, when alarmed or crushed, gives off a substance that causes blisters. The larvae are typically parasites of other insects.
Example sentences
  • Because blister beetle larvae feed on grasshopper eggs, there is often an increase in areas of high grasshopper populations.
  • Mylabris, the dried body of the Chinese blister beetle, has been used as a folk medicine for more than 2000 years.
  • The University doesn't recommend blister beetle treatment because the dead beetles, which are still toxic, remain in the field.

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Syllabification: blis·ter bee·tle

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