whirligig beetle


noun

any of numerous aquatic beetles of the family Gyrinidae, commonly seen in groups circling about rapidly on the surface of the water.

Nearby words

  1. whipworm,
  2. whir,
  3. whirl,
  4. whirlabout,
  5. whirligig,
  6. whirling dervish,
  7. whirlpool,
  8. whirlpool bath,
  9. whirlwind,
  10. whirly

Origin of whirligig beetle

First recorded in 1850–55

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British Dictionary definitions for whirligig beetle

whirligig beetle

noun

any flat-bodied water beetle of the family Gyrinidae, which circles rapidly on the surface of the water
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