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British Dictionary definitions for dytiscid

dytiscid

noun
  1. any carnivorous aquatic beetle of the family Dytiscidae, having large flattened back legs used for swimming
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Dytiscidae
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Dytiscus genus name, changed from Greek dutikos able to dive, from duein to dive
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Historical Examples

  • The Gyrinid, which come very near to the Dytiscid, like water which is clear and a little agitated.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier