fire beetle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fire beetle tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fire beetle (Zoöl) A very brilliantly luminous beetle (Pyrophorus noctilucus), one of the elaters, found in Central and South America; -- called also cucujo. The name is also applied to other species. See Firefly.
    • Fire beetle (Zoöl) See in the Vocabulary.
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Usage

In literature:

The fire-light showed strongly square jaw, hawk nose, and beetle brows.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
These beautiful lights were caused by fireflies and fire-beetles.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
And there's the fire-fly, which is a soft-bodied beetle.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
He watched the many large beetles and fire-flies flash their light in the dark of the evening as he sat in front of his shelter.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
Of those diamonds of the night, the fire-flies and fire-beetles, there are numerous species.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Tommy's first act was to call out the fire companies and have the beetles' trenches saturated with petrol from the fire hoses.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
The most remarkable among the elater beetles is the cuculio, or fire-fly, of the tropics.
"Harper's Young People, July 20, 1880" by Various
The eggs and larvae of the fire-flies are luminous as well as the perfect beetles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
A large green beetle hurried past Wrenshaw's feet in the direction of the fire.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
Many of these Bark beetles only attack trees which are already injured by fire, lightning, etc.
"Disease in Plants" by H. Marshall Ward
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In news:

The beetle-infested dead trees have little use and pose a significant fire hazard.
The tough terrain, which includes trees killed by beetles, has prevented a direct attack on the fire from the ground.
New research suggests tiny bark beetles may have played a role in feeding these fires.
The area at upper right was burned in a recent fire, and the living stand of forest at lower left is under attack by mountain pine beetles.
Police say the trooper was rear ended by a Volkswagen Beetle, causing the VW to catch fire.
AFD Forester John See tends to a fire as the Anchorage Fire Department and Alaska Division of Forestry burned spruce bark beetle killed trees and old vegetation near the Driftwood Bay subdivision of Eagle River on Monday, Oct 22, 2012.
The forecast is particularly welcome, since pine beetles are infesting and killing millions of acres of trees in the state, leaving them brittle, dry, and vulnerable to fire.
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