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Any of various beetles of the family Meloidae, such as the Spanish fly, that secrete cantharidin, a substance that blisters the skin and is toxic to livestock that consume hay contaminated with the beetles. Also called meloid.
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(Animals) any beetle of the family Meloidae, many of which produce a secretion that blisters the skin. See also Spanish fly
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any of various beetles of the family Meloidae, many of which produce a secretion capable of blistering the skin.
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|Noun||1.||blister beetle - beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skin|
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
oil beetle - any of various beetles that exude an oily substance from the leg joints that deters enemies
Spanish fly - green beetle of southern Europe
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