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1. Any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, having biting or chewing mouthparts and forewings modified to form horny coverings that protect the underlying pair of membranous hind wings when at rest.
2. An insect resembling a member of the order Coleoptera.
intr.v. bee·tled, bee·tling, bee·tles
To make one's way or move like a beetle: "Chambermaids ... beetled from bedroom to bedroom loaded with ... champagne" (Vanity Fair).
[Middle English betil, from Old English bitela, from bītan, to bite; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.]
Jutting; overhanging: beetle brows.
intr.v. bee·tled, bee·tling, bee·tles
To jut; overhang: "The rocks often beetled over the road" (Washington Irving).
[Back-formation from Middle English bitel-brouwed , beetle-browed; see beetle-browed.]
1. A heavy mallet with a large wooden head.
2. A small wooden household mallet.
3. A machine with revolving wooden hammers that gives fabrics a lustrous sheen.
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1. (Animals) any insect of the order Coleoptera, having biting mouthparts and forewings modified to form shell-like protective elytra.
2. (Games, other than specified) a game played with dice in which the players draw or assemble a beetle-shaped form
vb (intr; foll by along, off, etc)
informal to scuttle or scurry; hurry
[Old English bitela; related to bitol teeth, bit, bītan to bite]
1. (Tools) a heavy hand tool, usually made of wood, used for ramming, pounding, or beating
2. (Textiles) a machine used to finish cloth by stamping it with wooden hammers
3. (Tools) to beat or pound with a beetle
4. (Textiles) to finish (cloth) by means of a beetle
[Old English bīetel, from bēatan to beat; related to Middle Low German bētel chisel, Old Norse beytill penis]
(intr) to overhang; jut
[C14: perhaps related to beetle1]
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n., v. -tled, -tling. n.
1. any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, characterized by hard, horny forewings that cover and protect the membranous flight wings.
2. (loosely) any of various insects resembling a beetle, as a cockroach.v.i.
3. Chiefly Brit. to move quickly; scurry.
[before 900; Middle English betylle, bityl, Old English bitela]
a heavy hammering or ramming instrument, usu. of wood.
[before 900; Middle English betel, Old English bētl, bȳtel hammer (c. Middle Low German bētel chisel)]
adj., v. -tled, -tling. adj.
1. projecting; overhanging: beetle brows.v.i.
2. to project or overhang.
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Any of numerous insects having biting mouthparts and hard forewings that cover the hind wings straight down the back when at rest. Beetles vary in size from nearly microscopic to several inches in length. See Note at biomass.
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Past participle: beetled
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|Noun||1.||beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings|
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
tiger beetle - active usually bright-colored beetle that preys on other insects
lady beetle, ladybeetle, ladybird, ladybird beetle, ladybug - small round bright-colored and spotted beetle that usually feeds on aphids and other insect pests
carabid beetle, ground beetle - predacious shining black or metallic terrestrial beetle that destroys many injurious insects
lightning bug, firefly - nocturnal beetle common in warm regions having luminescent abdominal organs
chrysomelid, leaf beetle - brightly colored beetle that feeds on plant leaves; larvae infest roots and stems
lamellicorn beetle - beetle having antennae with hard platelike terminal segments
water beetle - any of numerous aquatic beetles usually having a smooth oval body and flattened hind legs for swimming
whirligig beetle - aquatic beetle that circles rapidly on the water surface
deathwatch beetle, Xestobium rufovillosum, deathwatch - bores through wood making a ticking sound popularly thought to presage death
weevil - any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles
bark beetle - small beetle that bores tunnels in the bark and wood of trees; related to weevils
rove beetle - active beetle typically having predatory or scavenging habits
|2.||beetle - a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing|
carpenter's mallet - a short-handled mallet with a wooden head used to strike a chisel or wedge
gavel - a small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge
hammer - a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking
|Verb||1.||beetle - be suspended over or hang over; "This huge rock beetles over the edge of the town"|
hang - be suspended or hanging; "The flag hung on the wall"
|2.||beetle - fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle; "He beetled up the staircase"; "They beetled off home"|
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
|3.||beetle - beat with a beetle|
beat - hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
|Adj.||1.||beetle - jutting or overhanging; "beetle brows"|
protrusive - thrusting outward
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Beetlesambrosia beetle, Asiatic beetle, bacon beetle, bark beetle, bee beetle, black beetle, blister beetle, bloody-nosed beetle, boll weevil, bombadier beetle, burying beetle or sexton, cabinet beetle, cardinal beetle, carpet beetle or (U.S.) carpet bug, carrion beetle, chafer, Christmas beetle, churchyard beetle, click beetle, snapping beetle, or skipjack, cockchafer, May beetle, or May bug, Colorado beetle or potato beetle, curculio, deathwatch beetle, devil's coach-horse, diving beetle, dor, dung beetle or chafer, elater, firefly, flea beetle, furniture beetle, glow-worm, gold beetle or goldbug, goldsmith beetle, goliath beetle, ground beetle, Hercules beetle, huhu, Japanese beetle, June bug, June beetle, May bug, or May beetle, ladybird or (U.S. & Canad.) ladybug, larder beetle, leaf beetle, leather beetle, longicorn (beetle) or long-horned beetle, May beetle, cockchafer, or June bug, museum beetle, oil beetle, pill beetle, rhinoceros beetle, rose chafer or rose beetle, rove beetle, scarab, scavenger beetle, snapping beetle, snout beetle, soldier beetle, Spanish fly, stag beetle, tiger beetle, timberman beetle, tortoise beetle, vedalia, water beetle, weevil or snout beetle, weevil, pea weevil, or bean weevil, whirligig beetle
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bọ cánh cứng
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beetle[ˈbiːtəl] n (= insect) → scarabée m
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pl (inf) → Elbkähne pl (inf), → Kindersärge pl (inf)
n → Käfer m
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an insect with four wings. kewer, tor خُنْفُس، حُنْفُساء бръмбар besouro brouk der Käfer bille σκαθάριescarabajo, coleóptero mardikas سوسک kovakuoriainen coléoptère חפושית, חיפושית मोगरी buba bogár kumbang bjalla coleottero 甲虫 풍뎅이 vabalas vabole kumbang keverbillechrząszcz besouro gândac; cărăbuş жук chrobák hrošč buba skalbagge แมลงปีกแข็ง ...böceği 甲蟲 жук چار پروں والا ایک اڑنے والا کیڑا bọ cánh cứng 甲虫
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beetle→ خُنْفَسَاء brouk bille Käfer σκαθάρι escarabajo kovakuoriainen scarabée buba scarabeo カブトムシ 딱정벌레 kever bille chrząszcz besouro жук skalbagge แมลงปีกแข็ง เช่นตัวด้วง böcek bọ cánh cứng 甲虫
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