• WordNet 3.6
    • adj beetle jutting or overhanging "beetle brows"
    • v beetle beat with a beetle
    • v beetle fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle "He beetled up the staircase","They beetled off home"
    • v beetle be suspended over or hang over "This huge rock beetles over the edge of the town"
    • n beetle insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
    • n beetle a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

5. Mouth parts of the Larva of a Beetle 5. Mouth parts of the Larva of a Beetle
Larva, pupa, and adult of a Leaf Beetle Larva, pupa, and adult of a Leaf Beetle
42. Onion Fly and Maggot. 43. Larva of Beetle 42. Onion Fly and Maggot. 43. Larva of Beetle
246. May Beetle and Young 246. May Beetle and Young
Work of Ambrosia Beetles in Tulip or Yellow Poplar Wood Work of Ambrosia Beetles in Tulip or Yellow Poplar Wood
Work of Ambrosia Beetles in Oak Work of Ambrosia Beetles in Oak
Work of Powder Post Beetle Work of Powder Post Beetle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People who have eaten beetles say that it tastes like apples
    • Beetle A heavy mallet, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc.
    • Beetle A machine in which fabrics are subjected to a hammering process while passing over rollers, as in cotton mills; -- called also beetling machine.
    • n Beetle Any insect of the order Coleoptera, having four wings, the outer pair being stiff cases for covering the others when they are folded up. See Coleoptera.
    • Beetle To beat with a heavy mallet.
    • v. i Beetle To extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to jut. "To the dreadful summit of the cliff
      That beetles o'er his base into the sea."
      "Each beetling rampart, and each tower sublime."
    • Beetle To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine; as, to beetle cotton goods.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Goliath beetle is about the size of your fist and can weigh as much as 3-4 ounces
    • n beetle A heavy wooden mallet, used to drive wedges, consolidate earth, etc. It is made either for swinging, with the handle set in the middle of the iron-bound head, or for ramming, with the handle (provided in heavy beetles with projecting cross-pieces for the hands) set in one end of the head. In the latter form, as for the use of pavers, it is sometimes heavy enough to require two or more men to operate it. Also called a maul, and in the second form a rammer.
    • n beetle A wooden pestle-shaped utensil used for mashing potatoes, for beating linen, etc.
    • n beetle Same as beetling-machine.
    • beetle To use a beetle on; beat with a heavy wooden mallet, as linen or cotton cloth, as a substitute for mangling.
    • beetle To finish cloth by means of a beetling-machine.
    • n beetle Any insect belonging to the order Coleoptera (which see). Sometimes, however, the term is used in a more restricted sense, as equivalent in the plural to Scarabœidœ, a tribe of this order embracing more than 3,000 species, characterized by clavated antennæ), fissile longitudinally, legs frequently dentated, and wings which have hard cases or sheaths called elytra. Beetles vary in size from that of a pin's head to nearly that of a man's fist, the largest being the elephant-beetle of South America, 4 inches long. The “black beetles” of kitchens and cellars are cockroaches, and belong to the order Orthoptera.
    • beetle Shaggy; prominent: used in beetle brow (also written beetle-brow).
    • beetle To be prominent; extend out; overhang; jut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1955, only 330 Volkswagen Beetle's were sold at a price of $1800 each in the United States.
    • n Beetle bē′tl an order of insects technically known as Coleoptera, usually with four wings, the front pair forming hard and horny covers for those behind, which alone are used in flight
    • Beetle The Black Beetle or cockroach is not a true beetle
    • n Beetle bē′tl a heavy wooden mallet used for driving wedges, crushing or beating down paving-stones, or the like: a wooden pestle-shaped utensil for mashing potatoes, beating linen, &c
    • v.i Beetle to jut, to hang over—first used by Shakespeare
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. betel, AS. bītl, btl, mallet, hammer, fr. beátan, to beat. See Beat (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dr Murray notes that the word is first found in the compound bitel-browed, in the 14th century, and favours the explanation, 'with eyebrows like a beetle's'—i.e. projecting eyebrows. See Beetle (1).


In literature:

The Egyptian beetle was not quite the full type of him; our northern ground beetle is a truer one.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
And a beetle came creeping forth.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
A beetle came creeping forth from the stable, where the farrier had been shoeing the horse.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Remedies for the flea beetle will be found in another chapter.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
But what is this curious shell in which the Sitaris is invariably enclosed, a shell unexampled in the Beetle order?
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Upward they beheld nothing but the beetling cliffs meeting together.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The insect is a beetle, and the two species closely resemble each other.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
Naturalists come from all parts of Europe to gather and form collections of butterflies, beetles, birds, reptiles, various insects, and shells.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
He wore a garb of green bright and glancing as the scales of a beetle.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
He resembled a beetle in molasses.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

Beetles are his special care;
Beetles, shining in the sun,
Beetles, as they crawl or run,
Beetles, beetles everywhere!
"Beetles (A Few Verses, For Vernon Wollaston)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
I love it, where the children lie
Deep in the clovery grass,
To watch among the twining roots,
The gold-green beetle pass.
"The Sunshine" by Mary Botham Howitt
“Be still, be still, thou noisy guest—
Be still for evermore;
Become a rock and beetle there,
Above the billows hoar.”
"Saint Oluf (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
"The golden beetle hath laid him
In a rose-leaf cradle to rock;
Now went to their nightly shelter
The shepherd and his flock.
"Evening Song" by Friedrich Ruckert
Sad day at Oahu
When the Jap beetle hitl
Our Proustian retort
Was Kimmel and Short,
Old women in blue,
And then the beetle bit.
"Ode To Our Young Pro-Consuls Of The Air" by Allen Tate
Beneath some friendly blade of grass
The lazy beetle cowers;
The coffers of the air are filled
With offerings from the flowers.
"Evening" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Museum harnesses beetles to get bones inhumanly spotless .
Split Pine Beetle Barrels in mountain pine beetle wood with epoxy resin by Straight Line Designs 604-251-9669.
"Red and Dead" is the term for the beetle-killed trees in Sula area.
Including a fluorescent purple toad and 12 kinds of dung beetles.
Tamarisk -munching beetles travel the Rio Grande.
He still drives everywhere in the unairconditioned Volkswagen Beetle he bought in 1959.
Utah lawmakers want to tangle with beetle.
A group of Utah lawmakers and others fear that the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park would be forced to close if a species of tiger beetle is listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Lawsuit to target tiger beetle habitat.
Rachel Denny Clow/Caller-Times The golden rain tree beetle , while prolific in the area right now, will be out of the area about six weeks after they first appeared.
Rachel Denny Clow/Caller-Times The golden rain tree beetle is not a pest, but it is appearing in prolific numbers throughout the city.
Self-Regulatory Circuits in Dorsoventral Axis Formation of the Short-Germ Beetle Tribolium castaneum.
Volkswagen Beetles Get the Tricked-Out Treatment.
Anybody who's tried to grow roses knows they can be frustrating, plagued by everything from once-a-season blossoms and black spot to beetles, mites, yellowing leaves, and more.
VW has announced sticker prices for its 2013 Fender Edition Beetle, which will be available with both the base 2.5-liter five-cylinder and the upgrade 2.0-liter turbo four.

In science:

For an isolated horizon, Ashtekar, Beetle and Fairhurst fixed the normalization by setting the expansion of the ingoing null vector na to be the same as the ReissnerNordstr¨om value and cross-normalizing with la via na la = −1.
Dynamical surface gravity
Ashtekar, A., Beetle, C. and Fairhurst, S., Class.
Gravitational radiation of generic isolated horizons
The two Beetle chips are indicated by the white circles.
First investigation of a novel 2D position-sensitive semiconductor detector concept
The model of the read-out electronics connected to the ends of each strip consists in a generic charge sensitive preamplifier followed by a CR-RC filter, whose peaking time matches that of the Beetle chip.
First investigation of a novel 2D position-sensitive semiconductor detector concept
It is worth to note also that in the case of the low resistivity prototype, even for the more attenuated pulse, the rise time is around 10 ns, still only at 40% of the Beetle peaking time.
First investigation of a novel 2D position-sensitive semiconductor detector concept