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noun

any of numerous active, usually brightly colored beetles, of the family Cicindelidae, that prey on other insects.

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Origin of tiger beetle

First recorded in 1820–30
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tiger beetle

noun

any active predatory beetle of the family Cicindelidae, chiefly of warm dry regions, having powerful mandibles and long legs

Word Origin for tiger beetle

C19: so called because it has patterned, sometimes striped, wing covers
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