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
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Famed naturalist Charles Darwin complained of a close encounter with a bombardier beetle (could%20not%20bear%20to%20give%20up%20either%20of%20my%20Carabi,%20&%20to%20lose%20PanagA[bar]us%20was%20out%20of%20the%20question,%20so%20that%20in%20despair%20I%20gently%20seized%20one%20of%20the%20carabi%20between%20my%20teeth,%20when%20to%20my%20unspeakable%20disgust%20&%20pain%20the%20little%20inconsiderate%20beast%20squirted%20his%20acid%20down%20my%20throat%20&%20I%20lost%20both%20Carabi%20&%20PanagA[bar]us) in an 1846 letter to English clergyman and naturalist Leonard Jenyns .
VISITORS: Pupils from St Thomas Of Canterbury Catholic Primary School in St Helens, and, top, a Bombardier Beetle
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To protect itself from enemies, a Bombardier Beetle shoots out a hot, poisonous liquid with a loud POP
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The Bombardier Beetle, glimpsed in episode one and seen in moredetail in episode six, is a case in point.
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When it senses danger, the bombardier beetle fires a scorching spray from its rear abdomen.