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beetle1 British & World English

An 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

beetle2 British & World English

A very heavy mallet, typically with a wooden head, used for ramming, crushing, etc.

beetle3 British & World English

(Of a rock or a person’s eyebrows) project or overhang

beetle English Thesaurus

I beetled off to the library

bark beetle British & World English

A small wood-boring beetle that tunnels under the bark of trees, which may die if heavily infested

bee beetle British & World English

A hairy yellowish chafer with broad black stripes, which flies by day and is typically seen on flowers

dung beetle British & World English

A beetle whose larvae feed on dung, especially a scarab. The larger kinds place the dung in a hole before the eggs are laid, and some of them roll it along in a ball

flea beetle British & World English

A small jumping leaf beetle that can be a pest of plants such as crucifers

gold beetle British & World English

A leaf beetle with metallic gold coloration

hide beetle British & World English

A dull brown scavenging beetle that feeds on stored hides and dried meat and may be a serious pest of warehouses

leaf beetle British & World English

A small beetle that feeds chiefly on leaves and typically has bright metallic colouring. Some kinds are serious crop pests

meal beetle British & World English

A dark brown beetle which is a pest of stored grain and cereal products

musk beetle British & World English

A slender longhorn beetle that is dark metallic green and emits a musk-like scent

oil beetle British & World English

A slow-moving flightless beetle that releases a foul-smelling oily secretion when disturbed. The larvae develop as parasites in the nests of solitary bees

pill beetle British & World English

A small convex beetle which is able to feign death by retracting its legs and contracting into a ball

rove beetle British & World English

A long-bodied beetle with very short wing cases, typically found among decaying matter where it may scavenge or prey on other scavengers

skin beetle British & World English

A beetle that feeds on carrion, hide, or similar material, and is sometimes a serious pest of stored goods

stag beetle British & World English

A large dark beetle, the male of which has large branched jaws that resemble a stag’s antlers

wasp beetle British & World English

A black and yellow longhorn beetle that mimics the appearance and behaviour of a wasp

black beetle British & World English

The common cockroach

carpet beetle British & World English

A small beetle whose larva (the woolly bear) is destructive to carpets, fabrics, and other materials

click beetle British & World English

A long, narrow beetle which can spring up with a click as a means of startling predators and escaping. Its larva is the wireworm

diving beetle British & World English

A predatory water beetle which has fringed back legs for swimming and which stores air under its wing cases while diving

flour beetle British & World English

A small brown darkling beetle that is a widespread pest of flour and other cereal products

flower beetle British & World English

Any of a number of beetles that frequent flowers, in particular:

fungus beetle British & World English

A small beetle that feeds chiefly on fungi and is typically black with red or yellow markings

grain beetle British & World English

A small beetle which infests grain stores and warehouses

ground beetle British & World English

Any of a number of beetles that live mainly on or near the ground, in particular:

jewel beetle British & World English

A chiefly tropical beetle that has bold metallic colours and patterns. The larvae are mainly wood-borers and may be serious pests of timber

khapra beetle British & World English

A small dark brown beetle, the larva of which is a serious pest of stored grain and cereal products

larder beetle British & World English

A brownish scavenging beetle which is a pest of stored products, especially meat and hides

museum beetle British & World English

A small dark beetle whose larvae can cause severe damage to carpets, stored goods, and zoological and entomological collections

sexton beetle British & World English

Another term for burying beetle.

spider beetle British & World English

A small long-legged scavenging beetle, the female of which has a rounded body that gives it a spider-like appearance

tiger beetle British & World English

A fast-running predatory beetle which has spotted or striped wing cases and flies in sunshine. The larvae live in tunnels from which they snatch passing insect prey

water beetle British & World English

Any of a large number of beetles that live in fresh water

ambrosia beetle British & World English

A small wood-boring beetle whose adults and larvae (called pinhole borers) feed on ambrosia produced by fungus in the wood

beetle-crusher British & World English

A large boot, shoe, or foot

biscuit beetle British & World English

A small beetle related to the furniture beetle, with larvae that feed on dried foodstuffs and stored products such as biscuits, pasta, and seeds

blister beetle British & World English

A beetle that, when alarmed, secretes a substance that causes blisters. The larvae are typically parasites of other insects

burying beetle British & World English

A black beetle, typically with broad orange bands on its wing cases, which buries small animal carcasses to provide a food store for its larvae

cardinal beetle British & World English

A mainly bright red beetle with feathery or comb-like antennae, which typically lives under loose bark

carrion beetle British & World English

A beetle that feeds on decaying animal and plant matter

Colorado beetle British & World English

A yellow- and black-striped leaf beetle native to America, whose larvae are highly destructive to potato plants

darkling beetle British & World English

A dark-coloured nocturnal beetle, typically with reduced or absent wings

goliath beetle British & World English

A very large, boldly marked tropical beetle related to the chafers, the male of which has a forked horn on the head

Hercules beetle British & World English

A very large tropical American rhinoceros beetle, the male of which has two long curved horns extending from the head and one from the thorax

Japanese beetle British & World English

A metallic green and copper chafer that is a pest of fruit and foliage as an adult and of grass roots as a larva. It is native to Japan but has spread elsewhere

longhorn beetle British & World English

An elongated beetle with long antennae, the larva of which typically bores in wood


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