There are 3 definitions of beetle in English:

beetle1

Line breaks: bee¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈbiːt(ə)l
 
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noun

  • 1An insect of a large order distinguished by having forewings that are typically modified into hard wing cases (elytra), which cover and protect the hindwings and abdomen.
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    • Among all the insects only beetles have these specialized fore-wings.
    • A variety of insects, including some beetles and moths, mimic bees and wasps.
    • It turns out that only some male horned scarab beetles grow long horns and battle for mates.
    Synonyms
    winged insect
    technical coleopteran
  • 2 [mass noun] British A dice game in which a picture of a beetle is drawn or assembled.
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    • Take turns to roll the dice and gradually build your beetle (you must start with the body).
    • In the old days, we used to meet weekly and ran bingo and beetle drives to raise money.
    • Winnie said she remembered shows being suspended during the Second World Ward and members held a number of whist and beetle drives to keep the group together - and also put together packages for the boys on the front line.

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction] informal Back to top  
  • Make one’s way hurriedly: the tourist beetled off
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    • Between us, we put everything away, the Engineer and his missus beetled off amid cheery cries of ‘No problem’, and I staggered off, cat securely clutched in arms, in search of gin.
    • And off he beetled to the back room he set up a couple of days ago, with a clean workbench and a worklight just right for the assembly of electronic components.
    • And, besides, it gave Graham a place to hide while I beetled over to the display of windchimes and began to put them through their paces.
    Synonyms

Origin

Old English bitula, bitela 'biter', from the base of bītan 'to bite'.

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There are 3 definitions of beetle in English:

beetle2

Line breaks: bee¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈbiːt(ə)l
 
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noun

  • 1A very heavy mallet, typically with a wooden head, used for ramming, crushing, etc..
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    • Champ was prepared especially for the festival of Hallowe'en when large quantities of potatoes were pounded with a cylindrical wooden implement called a beetle.
  • 2A machine used for heightening the lustre of cloth by pressure from rollers.
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    • It worked perfectly - intensity of light was controlled by pressure on the beetle!
    • Depending on the beetle pressure in a stand and individual susceptibility of baited trees, attacks may range from unsuccessful or no attack, to successfully mass attacked.

verb

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  • 1Ram or crush with a beetle: she stood in a shed, beetling grain for the fowl
  • 2Finish (cloth) with a beetle.
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    • From sowing to pulling, retting to rippling, spinning to weaving, beetling to bleaching, a long, exhausting and sometimes dangerous business made a cloth so precious it was put under armed guard and cost thieves their lives.

Origin

Old English bētel, of Germanic origin; related to beat.

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There are 3 definitions of beetle in English:

beetle3

Line breaks: bee¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈbiːt(ə)l
 
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verb

[no object] (usually as adjective beetling)

adjective

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  • (Of a person’s eyebrows) shaggy and projecting: thick beetle brows
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    • He furrows his beetle brows and fixes his stare on the turf in front, indifferent to the periphery.
    • Beneath the beetle brow and the thinning combover, however, lurked a singular songwriting talent.
    • He turned towards her; his eyes flashing under his beetling eyebrows.

Derivatives

beetle-browed

adjective
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  • It's as insular as the most beetle-browed peasant in a village on a Russian steppe in the 12 th century.
  • We were an ambulatory species, and had been so ever since our beetle-browed ancestors first strode off to hunt and gather.
  • At such moments, you wonder how she ended up playing such a beetle-browed old cynic as Mel.

Origin

mid 16th century (as an adjective): back-formation from beetle-browed, first recorded in Middle English. The verb was apparently used as a nonce word by Shakespeare and was later adopted by other writers.

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