ground beetle

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noun

any of numerous nocturnal, terrestrial beetles of the family Carabidae that feed chiefly on other insects.

Origin of ground beetle

First recorded in 1840–50
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ground beetle

noun

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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