Brachinus displosor
Bombardier Bom`bar*dier", n. [F. bombardier.] (Mil.) (a) One who used or managed a bombard; an artilleryman; a gunner. [Archaic] (b) A noncommissioned officer in the British artillery. [1913 Webster]

{Bombardier beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a kind of beetle ({Brachinus crepitans}), so called because, when disturbed, it makes an explosive discharge of a pungent and acrid vapor from its anal glands. The name is applied to other related species, as the {Brachinus displosor}, which can produce ten or twelve explosions successively. The common American species is {Brachinus fumans}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Brachinus crepitans — Bombardier Bom bar*dier , n. [F. bombardier.] (Mil.) (a) One who used or managed a bombard; an artilleryman; a gunner. [Archaic] (b) A noncommissioned officer in the British artillery. [1913 Webster] {Bombardier beetle} (Zo[ o]l.), a kind of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brachinus fumans — Bombardier Bom bar*dier , n. [F. bombardier.] (Mil.) (a) One who used or managed a bombard; an artilleryman; a gunner. [Archaic] (b) A noncommissioned officer in the British artillery. [1913 Webster] {Bombardier beetle} (Zo[ o]l.), a kind of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bombardier — Bom bar*dier , n. [F. bombardier.] (Mil.) (a) One who used or managed a bombard; an artilleryman; a gunner. [Archaic] (b) A noncommissioned officer in the British artillery. [1913 Webster] {Bombardier beetle} (Zo[ o]l.), a kind of beetle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bombardier beetle — Bombardier Bom bar*dier , n. [F. bombardier.] (Mil.) (a) One who used or managed a bombard; an artilleryman; a gunner. [Archaic] (b) A noncommissioned officer in the British artillery. [1913 Webster] {Bombardier beetle} (Zo[ o]l.), a kind of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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