Meaning of BEETLE in English



Pronunciation: ' b ē -t ə l

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English betylle, from Old English bitula; akin to b ī tan to bite

Date: before 12th century

1 : any of an order (Coleoptera) of insects having four wings of which the outer pair are modified into stiff elytra that protect the inner pair when at rest

2 : any of various insects resembling a beetle

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