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.(noun)
An example of a beetle is a boll weevil.
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Origin: ME bitil < OE bitela < bītan, bite
Origin: ME & OE (Anglian) betel, mallet, hammer: ult. connected with beat
See beetle in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English betil
Origin: , from Old English bitela
Origin: , from bītan, to bite; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: From Middle English bitel-brouwed, grim-browed
Origin: : bitel, sharp (probably from Old English *bitol, biting, from Old English bite, bite; see bit 2)
Origin: + brouwed (from brow, brow; see brow).
Origin: Middle English betel
Origin: , from Old English bȳtl; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
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