dytiscid

/ (dɪˈtɪsɪd, daɪ-) /

noun

any carnivorous aquatic beetle of the family Dytiscidae, having large flattened back legs used for swimming

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Dytiscidae

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Word Origin for dytiscid

C19: from New Latin Dytiscus genus name, changed from Greek dutikos able to dive, from duein to dive
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Example sentences from the Web for dytiscid

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

    The Insect World|Louis Figuier