Definition of bombardier beetle in English:

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bombardier beetle

noun

A ground beetle that when alarmed discharges a puff of hot irritant vapor from its anus with an audible pop.
  • Genus Brachinus, family Carabidae: several species
Example sentences
  • One contributor to the conference gave a talk on ‘The efficiency of the explosive discharge of the bombardier beetle, with possible biomimetic applications’.
  • The Holotype of the bombardier beetle, Brachinus aabaaba, which I named and described in 1970, is housed in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard.
  • The tiny bombardier beetle could not possibly have evolved.

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Syllabification: bom·bar·dier bee·tle

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