beetle1 /ˈbiːt(ə)l/


I. noun

1. an insect of a large order distinguished by having forewings that are typically modified into hard wing cases (elytra), which cover and protect the hindwings and abdomen.

●Order Coleoptera: see Coleoptera.
2. [ mass noun]
(Brit.) a dice game in which a picture of a beetle is drawn or assembled.
II. verb [no obj., with adverbial of direction]

‹informal› make one’s way hurriedly

the tourist beetled off.
– origin Old English bitula, bitela ‘biter’, from the base of bītan ‘to bite’.

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