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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.
(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
any of numerous beetles of the family Elateridae, having the ability to spring up with a clicking sound when placed on their backs.