bombardier beetle

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bombardier beetle

n.
Any of various carabid beetles of the subfamily Brachininae that eject a hot, acrid spray from the abdomen when disturbed, making a popping sound.

bombardier′ bee`tle


n.
any ground beetle of the genus Brachinus, which ejects a puff of volatile fluid from its abdomen with a popping sound when disturbed.
[1795–1805]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bombardier beetle - beetle that ejects audibly a pungent vapor when disturbedbombardier beetle - beetle that ejects audibly a pungent vapor when disturbed
carabid beetle, ground beetle - predacious shining black or metallic terrestrial beetle that destroys many injurious insects
Brachinus, genus Brachinus - bombardier beetles