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click beetle

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noun
  1. any of numerous beetles of the family Elateridae, having the ability to spring up with a clicking sound when placed on their backs.

Origin of click beetle

First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for click beetle

Historical Examples

  • In the books it is called a click-beetle, but it is also called a skip-jack because of the somersaults it can turn.

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody


British Dictionary definitions for click beetle

click beetle

noun
  1. any beetle of the family Elateridae, which have the ability to right themselves with a snapping movement when placed on their backsAlso called: snapping beetle, skipjack See also wireworm
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