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1. (Animals) any beetle of the family Carabidae, often found under logs, stones, etc, having long legs and a dark coloration
2. (Animals) any beetle of the family Tenebrionidae, feeding on plants and plant products
3. (Animals) any of various other beetles that live close to or beneath the ground
any of numerous nocturnal, terrestrial beetles of the family Carabidae that feed chiefly on other insects.
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|Noun||1.||ground beetle - predacious shining black or metallic terrestrial beetle that destroys many injurious insects|
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
bombardier beetle - beetle that ejects audibly a pungent vapor when disturbed
calosoma - any beetle of the genus Calosoma