Definition of bombardier beetle in English:

bombardier beetle

Line breaks: bom¦bard|ier bee¦tle


  • A ground beetle that discharges a puff of irritant vapour from its anus with an audible pop when alarmed.
    • Several species in the family Carabidae, in particular the European Brachinus crepitans
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    • 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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