tiger beetle

tiger beetle
noun Date: 1826 any of numerous active carnivorous beetles (family Cicindelidae) having larvae that tunnel in the soil

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  • Tiger beetle — Tiger Ti ger, n. [OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti gris; probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri an arrow, Per. t[=i]r; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; probably so named from its quickness.] 1. A very large and powerful …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tiger beetle — n. any of various active, long legged, brightly colored, often striped beetles (family Carabidae) with larvae that burrow in soil and feed on other insects …   English World dictionary

  • tiger beetle — noun Any active, carnivorous beetle (species) of the family Cicinidelidae Most tiger beetle larvae tunnel in the soil See Also: blind tiger, tiger cat, tigereye, tigerish, tigerlike, tiger lily …   Wiktionary

  • tiger beetle — any of numerous active, usually brightly colored beetles, of the family Cicindelidae, that prey on other insects. [1820 30] * * * Any of some 2,000 species (family Cicindelidae) of voracious beetles, found worldwide but mostly in the tropics and… …   Universalium

  • tiger beetle — noun active usually bright colored beetle that preys on other insects • Hypernyms: ↑beetle • Member Holonyms: ↑Cicindelidae, ↑family Cicindelidae …   Useful english dictionary

  • tiger beetle — noun a fast running predatory beetle with spotted or striped wing cases. [Family Cicindelidae: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • tiger beetle — /ˈtaɪgə bitl/ (say tuyguh beetl) noun any beetle of the family Carabidae, subfamily Cicindelinae, of active, predatory habits …   Australian English dictionary

  • tiger beetle — ti′ger bee tle n. ent any of numerous active, usu. brightly colored beetles, of the family Cicindelidae, that prey on other insects • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • Salt Creek tiger beetle — Conservation status Endangered ( …   Wikipedia

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