bee·tle1 / ˈbētl/ •
n. an insect of an order (Coleoptera) distinguished by having forewings typically modified into hard wing cases (elytra) that cover and protect the hind wings and abdomen. ∎ (loosely) a similar insect, esp. a black one.•
v. inf. make one's way hurriedly: the tourist beetled off.bee·tle2 •
n. a tool with a heavy head and a handle, used for tasks such as ramming, crushing, and driving wedges; a maul. ∎ a machine used for heightening the luster of cloth by pressure from rollers.•
v. [tr.] ram, crush, or drive with a beetle.bee·tle2 •
v. [intr.] [usu. as adj.] (beetling) (of a person's eyebrows) project or overhang threateningly: piercing eyes glittered beneath a great beetling brow.•
adj. (of a person's eyebrows) shaggy and projecting.DERIVATIVES: bee·tle-browed adj.
Insect characterized by horny front wings that serve as protective covers for the membranous hind wings. These protective sheaths are often brightly coloured. Beetles are usually stout-bodied and their mouthparts are adapted for biting and chewing. They are poor fliers, but (like all insects) are protected from injury and drying up by an exoskeleton
. Beetles are the most numerous of the insects. More than 250,000 species are known and new ones are still being discovered. They include scarab beetles
, and weevils
. Most feed on plants, some prey on small animals, including other insects, whereas others are scavengers. Beetles undergo complete metamorphosis
. Their larvae (grubs) usually have three pairs of legs and distinct heads, usually dark in colour. Length: 0.5mm–6cm (0.02–6.3in). Order Coleoptera.