Beetle meaning

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A small wooden household mallet.
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An insect resembling a member of the order Coleoptera.
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A heavy mallet with a large wooden head.
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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.
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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.

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Any insect resembling a beetle.
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To move or run hastily; scurry; scuttle.
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A heavy mallet, usually wooden, for driving wedges, tamping earth, etc.
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A household mallet or pestle for mashing or beating.
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A club used in finishing handmade linen.
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A machine for finishing cloth by beating it over or between rollers.
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To pound with a beetle.
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To put a glossy finish on (cloth) by flattening the fibers with a beetle.
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To project or jut; overhang.
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Jutting; overhanging.
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Any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, having biting or chewing mouthparts and forewings modified to form horny coverings that protect the underlying pair of membranous hind wings when at rest.
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Any of numerous species of insect in the order Coleoptera characterized by a pair of hard, shell-like front wings which cover and protect a pair of rear wings when at rest.
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(uncountable) A game of chance in which players attempt to complete a drawing of a beetle, different dice rolls allowing them to add the various body parts.
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To move away quickly, to scurry away.

He beetled off on his vacation.

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Protruding, jutting, overhanging. (As in beetle brows.)
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To loom over; to extend or jut.

The heavy chimney beetled over the thatched roof.

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A type of mallet with a large wooden head, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc.
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A machine in which fabrics are subjected to a hammering process while passing over rollers, as in cotton mills; a beetling machine.

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To beat with a heavy mallet.
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To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine.

To beetle cotton goods.

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A machine with revolving wooden hammers that gives fabrics a lustrous sheen.
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An insect resembling a member of the order Coleoptera.
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Any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, having biting or chewing mouthparts and forewings modified to form horny coverings that protect the underlying pair of membranous hind wings when at rest.
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To make one's way or move like a beetle.
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Jutting; overhanging.

Beetle brows.

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To jut; overhang.
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Origin of beetle

  • Middle English betil from Old English bitela from bītan to bite bheid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from Middle English bitel-brouwed beetle-browed beetle-browed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English betel from Old English bȳtl bhau- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bitle, bityl, bytylle, from Old English bitula, bitela, bītel (“beetle”), from Proto-Germanic *bitulaz, *bītilaz (“that which tends to bite, biter, beetle”), equivalent to bite +‎ -le. Cognate with Danish bille (“beetle”), Icelandic bitil, bitul (“a bite, bit”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English bitel-brouwed (“beetle-browed”). Possibly after beetle#Etymology 1, from the fact that some beetles have bushy antennae.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English betel, from Old English bīetel, akin to bēatan (“to beat”)

    From Wiktionary