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oil beetle

n.
Any of various blister beetles of the genus Meloe that exude an oily yellow substance from the joints of the legs when disturbed.

oil beetle

n
(Animals) any of various beetles of the family Meloidae that exude an oily evil-smelling blood from their joints, which deters enemies

oil′ bee`tle


n.
any of several blister beetles of the genus Meloe that exude oily fluid from their leg joints when disturbed.
[1650–60]
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Noun1.oil beetle - any of various beetles that exude an oily substance from the leg joints that deters enemiesoil beetle - any of various beetles that exude an oily substance from the leg joints that deters enemies
blister beetle, meloid - beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skin
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