Coleoptera

[ koh-lee-op-ter-uh, kol-ee- ]
/ ˌkoʊ liˈɒp tər ə, ˌkɒl i- /

noun

the order comprising the beetles.

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Origin of Coleoptera

1755–65; <New Latin <Greek koleóptera, neuter plural of koleópteros sheath-winged, equivalent to koleo- (combining form representing koleón sheath, scabbard; see -o-) + -pteros-pterous; term used by Aristotle in describing beetles
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