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Definition of Beetle


  1. A heavy mallet, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc.
  2. A machine in which fabrics are subjected to a hammering process while passing over rollers, as in cotton mills; -- called also beetling machine.
  3. To beat with a heavy mallet.
  4. To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine; as, to beetle cotton goods.
  5. Any insect of the order Coleoptera, having four wings, the outer pair being stiff cases for covering the others when they are folded up. See Coleoptera.
  6. To extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to jut.

Beetle Quotations

I had a great time investigating the pigments of different mutant fruit flies by following experimental protocols published in Scientific American, and I also remember making my own beetle collection when it was still acceptable to make such collections.
Paul Nurse

For Tim Burton's birthday I gave him a rainbow beetle. He loved it!
Eva Green

In its heyday, the car was an expression of technical flair and design genius: the original Mini, the Beetle, the 2CV, and the Fiat 500 were all, in their various ways, inspired incarnations of functionality.
Martin Jacques

Worm or beetle - drought or tempest - on a farmer's land may fall, Each is loaded full o' ruin, but a mortgage beats 'em all.
Will Carleton

In the sago palms, you'll often find sago beetles which are about the size of your little finger. The Karowai put those on the fire until they're crispy and eat them. They taste a little bit like creamy snails. But compared to sago, the sago beetle is really pretty good.
Tim Cahill
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Beetle Translations

beetle in Danish is bille
beetle in Dutch is kever, tor, schildvleugelige
beetle in Italian is coleottero
beetle in Norwegian is bille
beetle in Portuguese is besouro
beetle in Spanish is escarabajo
beetle in Swedish is skalbagge
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