- The definition of a beetle is an insect of the Coleoptera order that has a tough round body and two sets of wings, one which is stiff and protects the other.
An example of a beetle is a boll weevil.
A beetle sitting on a flower.
beetle definition by Webster's New World
- any of a large order (Coleoptera) of insects, including weevils, with biting mouthparts and hard front wings (elytra) that cover the membranous hind wings when the hind wings are folded
- any insect resembling a beetle
Origin: Middle English bitil ; from Old English bitela ; from bītan, bite
- a heavy mallet, usually wooden, for driving wedges, tamping earth, etc.
- a household mallet or pestle for mashing or beating
- a club used in finishing handmade linen
- a machine for finishing cloth by beating it over or between rollers
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old English (Anglian) betel, mallet, hammer: ultimately connected with beat
Origin: probably back-formation ; from beetle-browed
beetle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, having biting mouthparts and forewings modified to form horny coverings that protect the underlying pair of membranous hind wings when at rest.
- An insect resembling a member of the order Coleoptera.
Origin: Middle English betil, from Old English bitela, from bītan, to bite; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: From Middle English bitel-brouwed, grim-browed : bitel, sharp (probably from Old English *bitol, biting, from Old English bite, bite; see bit 2) + brouwed (from brow, brow; see brow).
- A heavy mallet with a large wooden head.
- A small wooden household mallet.
- A machine with revolving wooden hammers that gives fabrics a lustrous sheen.
Origin: Middle English betel, from Old English bȳtl; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.