Meaning of BEETLE in English


(order Coleoptera), any of at least 250,000 species of insects (the largest order in the animal kingdom), principally characterized by their special forewings, which are modified into hardened wing covers (elytra) that cover a second pair of functional wings. The order includes some of the largest and smallest insects and is the most widely distributed insect order. Most feed either upon other animals or upon plants, but some eat decaying matter. Some beetles are of great economic importance; both adults and larvae may destroy crops, timber, and textiles and spread parasitic worms and diseases. Other beetles are valuable because they prey on insect pests. Although the name beetle applies to all coleopterans, some are known by other common names-e.g., weevil, borer, firefly , chafer, and curculio. See also coleopteran.

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