oil beetle

oil beetle

noun
any of several blister beetles of the genus Meloe that exude an oily fluid from the joints of their legs when disturbed.

Origin:
1650–60

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oil beetle
 
n
any of various beetles of the family Meloidae that exude an oily evil-smelling blood from their joints, which deters enemies

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