diving beetle
noun Date: circa 1889 any of various predatory aquatic beetles (family Dytiscidae) that breathe while submerged using air trapped under their elytra

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  • Diving beetle — Diving Div ing, a. That dives or is used or diving. [1913 Webster] {Diving beetle} (Zo[ o]l.), any beetle of the family {Dytiscid[ae]}, which habitually lives under water; called also {water tiger}. {Diving bell}, a hollow inverted vessel,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diving beetle — noun Any beetle of the family Dytiscidae …   Wiktionary

  • diving beetle — n. predatory water beetle that breathes while under water using air contained under its elytra …   English contemporary dictionary

  • diving beetle — noun a predatory water beetle which stores air under its wing cases for swimming underwater. [Family Dytiscidae: numerous species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • diving beetle — /ˈdaɪvɪŋ bitl/ (say duyving beetl) noun any of the predacious beetles that constitute the family Dytiscidae, adapted for swimming and diving …   Australian English dictionary

  • diving beetle — noun : a beetle of the family Dytiscidae habitually living under water and rising to the surface to obtain air …   Useful english dictionary

  • diving beetle — any of numerous predaceous water beetles of the family Dytiscidae, having the body adapted for swimming. * * * …   Universalium

  • predaceous diving beetle — ▪ insect also called  diving beetle , or  true water beetle,        any of more than 4,000 species of carnivorous, aquatic beetles (insect order Coleoptera) that prey on organisms ranging from other insects to fish larger than themselves. Diving… …   Universalium

  • Great Diving Beetle — Taxobox name = Great diving beetle image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera familia = Dytiscidae genus = Dytiscus species = D. marginalis binomial = Dytiscus marginalis binomial authority =… …   Wikipedia

  • Diving — Div ing, a. That dives or is used or diving. [1913 Webster] {Diving beetle} (Zo[ o]l.), any beetle of the family {Dytiscid[ae]}, which habitually lives under water; called also {water tiger}. {Diving bell}, a hollow inverted vessel, sometimes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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