flower beetle

  1. any of numerous, usually brightly colored beetles, as of the families Malachiidae and Dasytidae, that live on flowers and are predaceous on other insects.

  2. any of certain scarabaeid beetles of the subfamily Cetoniinae that feed on pollen.

Origin of flower beetle

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

Words Nearby flower beetle

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How to use flower beetle in a sentence

  • In the sand at our feet an iridescent flower beetle crawled, its metallic green and blue wings burning like a spark.

    The Mystery of Choice | Robert William Chambers