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Any of various beetles of the family Gyrinidae that circle about rapidly on the surface of water and have divided eyes, with one pair above and one below the water surface.
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(Animals) any flat-bodied water beetle of the family Gyrinidae, which circles rapidly on the surface of the water
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any of numerous aquatic beetles of the family Gyrinidae, commonly seen in groups circling about rapidly on the surface of water.
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|Noun||1.||whirligig beetle - aquatic beetle that circles rapidly on the water surface|
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
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