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bee·tle1

beetle1

 
pronunciation:
bi tl
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part of speech: noun
definition: an insect with a pair of hard front wings that covers a pair of thin wings. There are many different kinds of beetles. Japanese beetles, ladybugs, and fireflies are beetles.
 
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Beetle comes from a word in early English that means "little biter."
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  arthropod, insect, invertebrate