beetle2 /ˈbiːt(ə)l/


I. noun

1. a very heavy mallet, typically with a wooden head, used for ramming, crushing, etc.
2. a machine used for heightening the lustre of cloth by pressure from rollers.
II. verb [with obj.]

1. ram or crush with a beetle.

she stood in a shed, beetling grain for the fowl.
2. finish (cloth) with a beetle.
– origin Old English bētel, of Germanic origin; related to beat.

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