Definition of devil's coach-horse in English:

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devil's coach-horse

noun

British
A large black predatory rove beetle which raises its hind end and opens its jaws in a threatening manner when disturbed.
  • Staphylinus olens, family Staphylinidae.
Example sentences
  • The devil's coach-horse is a carnivorous insect, feeding on other insects and small creatures.
  • ‘It's a devil's coach-horse beetle,’ Hedgehog said, ‘they say that when it comes the Devil will be sure to follow.’
  • With the help of specially designed monoclonal antibodies, they collected devil's coach-horse beetles and analysed their guts.

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