Definitions for beetleˈbit l

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beetle(noun)

    insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings

  2. mallet, beetle(adj)

    a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing

  3. beetle, beetling(verb)

    jutting or overhanging

    "beetle brows"

  4. overhang, beetle(verb)

    be suspended over or hang over

    "This huge rock beetles over the edge of the town"

  5. beetle(verb)

    fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle

    "He beetled up the staircase"; "They beetled off home"

  6. beetle(verb)

    beat with a beetle

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beetle(verb)

    a heavy mallet, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc

  2. Beetle(verb)

    a machine in which fabrics are subjected to a hammering process while passing over rollers, as in cotton mills; -- called also beetling machine

  3. Beetle(verb)

    to beat with a heavy mallet

  4. Beetle(verb)

    to finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine; as, to beetle cotton goods

  5. Beetle(verb)

    any insect of the order Coleoptera, having four wings, the outer pair being stiff cases for covering the others when they are folded up. See Coleoptera

  6. Beetle(verb)

    to extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to jut


  1. Beetle

    The Coleoptera order of insects is commonly called beetles. The word "coleoptera" is from the Greek κολεός, koleos, meaning "sheath"; and πτερόν, pteron, meaning "wing", thus "sheathed wing", because most beetles have two pairs of wings, the front pair, the "elytra", being hardened and thickened into a sheath-like, or shell-like, protection for the rear pair, and for the rear part of the beetle's body. The superficial consistency of most beetles' morphology, in particular their possession of elytra, has long suggested that the Coleoptera are monophyletic, but growing evidence indicates this is unjustified, there being arguments, for example, in favour of allocating the current suborder Adephaga their own order, or very likely even more than one.

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