any of numerous beetles of the family Elateridae, having the ability to spring up with a clicking sound when placed on their backs.
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Origin of click beetle
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for click beetle
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
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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