ground beetle

ground beetle
noun Date: 1848 any of a large cosmopolitan family (Carabidae) of soil-inhabiting usually carnivorous often shiny black or metallic beetles commonly having fused elytra

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  • Ground beetle — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground-beetle — groundˈ beetle noun Any beetle of the Carabidae, a family related to the tiger beetles • • • Main Entry: ↑ground …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground beetle — n. any of a large family (Carabidae) of nocturnal beetles that live under rocks, rubbish, etc. and prey on other insects …   English World dictionary

  • ground beetle — any of numerous nocturnal, terrestrial beetles of the family Carabidae that feed chiefly on other insects. [1840 50] * * * ▪ insect       any member of over 30,000 insect species in one of the largest families in the insect order Coleoptera. They …   Universalium

  • ground beetle — ground′ bee tle n. ent any of numerous nocturnal, terrestrial beetles of the family Carabidae that feed chiefly on other insects • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • ground beetle — noun predacious shining black or metallic terrestrial beetle that destroys many injurious insects • Syn: ↑carabid beetle • Hypernyms: ↑beetle • Hyponyms: ↑bombardier beetle, ↑calosoma • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground beetle — /ˈgraʊnd bitl/ (say grownd beetl) noun any of the numerous beetles of the family Carabidae, most of which are terrestrial …   Australian English dictionary

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  • List of ground beetle (Carabidae) species recorded in Britain — The following is a list of the ground beetles recorded in Britain, organised by subfamily ( inae enddings) and by tribe ( ini endings). For other beetle families, see the main list of beetle species recorded in Britain.Cicindelinae* Cicindela… …   Wikipedia

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