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beetle

BEE'TLE, n.

1. A heavy mallet or wooden hammer,used to drive wedges, beat pavements, &c.; called also a stamper, or rammer.

2. In zoology, a genus of insects, the scarabaeus, of many species. The generic characters are, clavated antennae, fissile longitudinally, legs frequently dentated, and wings which have hard cases, or sheaths. The bones of these insects are placed externally, and their muscles within. They are of different sizes, from that of a pin's head, to that of a man's fist. Some are produced in a month, and go through their existence in a year; in others, four years are required to produce them, and they live as winged insects a year more. They have various names, as the may-bug, the dorr-beetle, the cock-chaffer, the tumble-dung, the elephant-beetle,&c. The latter, found in South America,is the largest species, being four inches long.

BEE'TLE, v.i. bee'tl. To jut; to be prominent; to hang or extend out; as, a cliff that beetles over its base.




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BEE'TLE, n.

1. A heavy mallet or wooden hammer,used to drive wedges, beat pavements, &c.; called also a stamper, or rammer.

2. In zoology, a genus of insects, the scarabaeus, of many species. The generic characters are, clavated antennae, fissile longitudinally, legs frequently dentated, and wings which have hard cases, or sheaths. The bones of these insects are placed externally, and their muscles within. They are of different sizes, from that of a pin's head, to that of a man's fist. Some are produced in a month, and go through their existence in a year; in others, four years are required to produce them, and they live as winged insects a year more. They have various names, as the may-bug, the dorr-beetle, the cock-chaffer, the tumble-dung, the elephant-beetle,&c. The latter, found in South America,is the largest species, being four inches long.

BEE'TLE, v.i. bee'tl. To jut; to be prominent; to hang or extend out; as, a cliff that beetles over its base.


BEE'TLE, n. [Sax. bitl, or bytl, a mallet; betel, the insect, beetle.]

  1. A heavy mallet or wooden hammer, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, &c.; called also a stamper, or rammer.
  2. In zoology, the popular name of a genus of insects, the Scarabæus, of many species. The generic characters are, clavated antennæ, fissile longitudinally, legs frequently dentated, and wings which have hard cases, or sheaths. The bones of these insects are placed externally, and their muscles within. They are of different sizes, from that of a pin's head, to that of a man's fist. Some are produced in a month, and go through their existence in a year; in others, four years are required to produce them, and they live as winged insects a year more. They have various names, as the May-bug, the dorr-beetle, the cock-chaffer, the tumble-dung, the elephant-beetle, &c. The latter, found in South America, is the largest species, being four inches long. – Encyc.

BEE'TLE, v.i. [bee'tl.]

To jut; to be prominent; to hang or extend out; as, a cliff that beetles over its base. – Shak.


Bee"tle
  1. A heavy mallet, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc.
  2. To beat with a heavy mallet.
  3. 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 mite (Zoöl.), one of many species of mites, of the family Oribatidæ, parasitic on beetles. -- Black beetle, the common large black cockroach (Blatta orientalis).

  4. 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.
    Shak.

    Each beetling rampart, and each tower sublime.
    Wordsworth.

  5. A machine in which fabrics are subjected to a hammering process while passing over rollers, as in cotton mills; -- called also beetling machine.

    Knight.

  6. To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine] as, to beetle cotton goods.
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beetle

BEE'TLE, n.

1. A heavy mallet or wooden hammer,used to drive wedges, beat pavements, &c.; called also a stamper, or rammer.

2. In zoology, a genus of insects, the scarabaeus, of many species. The generic characters are, clavated antennae, fissile longitudinally, legs frequently dentated, and wings which have hard cases, or sheaths. The bones of these insects are placed externally, and their muscles within. They are of different sizes, from that of a pin's head, to that of a man's fist. Some are produced in a month, and go through their existence in a year; in others, four years are required to produce them, and they live as winged insects a year more. They have various names, as the may-bug, the dorr-beetle, the cock-chaffer, the tumble-dung, the elephant-beetle,&c. The latter, found in South America,is the largest species, being four inches long.

BEE'TLE, v.i. bee'tl. To jut; to be prominent; to hang or extend out; as, a cliff that beetles over its base.

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