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water beetle



any of various aquatic beetles, as a predaceous diving beetle.


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Nearby words

water ballet, water bath, water bear, water bearer, water bed, water beetle, water bench, water bird, water biscuit, water blister, water boat

Origin of water beetle

First recorded in 1660–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for water beetle

water beetle


any of various beetles of the families Dysticidae, Hydrophilidae, etc, that live most of the time in freshwater ponds, rivers, etcSee whirligig beetle
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