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click beetle

any of numerous beetles of the family Elateridae, having the ability to spring up with a clicking sound when placed on their backs.
Also called skipjack, snapping beetle.
Origin of click beetle
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In the books it is called a click-beetle, but it is also called a skip-jack because of the somersaults it can turn.

    Little Busybodies Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
British Dictionary definitions for click-beetle

click beetle

any beetle of the family Elateridae, which have the ability to right themselves with a snapping movement when placed on their backs Also called snapping beetle, skipjack See also wireworm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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