any of numerous nocturnal, terrestrial beetles of the family Carabidae that feed chiefly on other insects.
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Origin of ground beetle
First recorded in 1840–50
Words nearby ground beetle
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Example sentences from the Web for ground beetle
Consider the Carabus, or Ground-beetle, that fiery warrior among the insect people.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles|Jean Henri Fabre
He afterwards witnessed, in August, a similar emigration of myriads of a kind of ground-beetle (Amara vulgaris,).An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)|William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for ground beetle
any beetle of the family Carabidae, often found under logs, stones, etc, having long legs and a dark coloration
any beetle of the family Tenebrionidae, feeding on plants and plant products
any of various other beetles that live close to or beneath the ground
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