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noun
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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oil beetle

noun
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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