click beetle

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click beetle

n.
Any of numerous beetles of the family Elateridae, characterized by the ability to right themselves from an overturned position by flipping into the air with a clicking sound. Also called snapping beetle.

click beetle

n
(Animals) any beetle of the family Elateridae, which have the ability to right themselves with a snapping movement when placed on their backs. Also called: snapping beetle or skipjack See also wireworm

click′ bee`tle


n.
any of numerous beetles of the family Elateridae, having the ability to spring up with a clicking sound when placed on their backs.
[1860–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.click beetle - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking soundclick beetle - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound
elater, elaterid, elaterid beetle - any of various widely distributed beetles