Water devil

Wa´ter dev´il

1.(Zool.) The rapacious larva of a large water beetle (Hydrophilus piceus), and of other similar species. See Illust. of Water beetle.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Even if you don't crave all things medieval, here is a short list of good reads: Brother Cadfael (any of the books in the series!) by Ellis Peters; The Physician or The Last Jew by Noah Gordon; The Pillars of the Earth or its sequel, World Without End, by Ken Follett; The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart; The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman; and The Water Devil by Judith Merkle Riley.
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