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Any of numerous active, brightly colored, predatory beetles of the family Cicindelidae, chiefly of warm, sandy regions, having large jaws and sluggish larvae that live in vertical burrows.
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(Animals) any active predatory beetle of the family Cicindelidae, chiefly of warm dry regions, having powerful mandibles and long legs
[C19: so called because it has patterned, sometimes striped, wing covers]
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any of numerous active, usu. brightly colored beetles, of the family Cicindelidae, that prey on other insects.
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beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
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