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oil beetle

  1. any of several blister beetles of the genus Meloe that exude an oily fluid from the joints of their legs when disturbed.
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Origin of oil beetle

First recorded in 1650–60
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Historical Examples of oil beetle

  • Part of his motivation had been provided by the oil-beetle larvae.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • The English, because of its trick of discharging oily blood when on the defensive, call this insect the Oil-beetle.

  • Under ordinary conditions would the adult Oil-beetle have emerged from her cell at this period?

  • It is with the help of this precious capture that I shall be able to finish the story of the Oil-beetle's development.

  • It is a protection, for it both smells and tastes so nasty that no bird will ever attempt to eat an oil-beetle.

British Dictionary definitions for oil beetle

oil beetle

  1. any of various beetles of the family Meloidae that exude an oily evil-smelling blood from their joints, which deters enemies
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