click-beetle

click beetle

noun
any of numerous beetles of the family Elateridae, having the ability to spring up with a clicking sound when placed on their backs.


Origin:
1860–65

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click beetle
 
n
See also wireworm snapping beetle, Also called: skipjack any beetle of the family Elateridae, which have the ability to right themselves with a snapping movement when placed on their backs

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