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coleopteran

[koh-lee-op-ter-uh n, kol-ee-] /ˌkoʊ liˈɒp tər ən, ˌkɒl i-/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the order Coleoptera.
noun
2.
a beetle.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; Coleopter(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for coleopteran

coleopteran

/ˌkɒlɪˈɒptərən/
noun
1.
any of the insects of the cosmopolitan order Coleoptera, in which the forewings are modified to form shell-like protective elytra. The order includes the beetles and weevils
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the order Coleoptera
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin Coleoptera, from Greek koleoptera, from koleopteros sheath-winged, from koleon sheath + pteron wing
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coleopteran
  (kō'lē-ŏp'tər-ən, kŏl'ē-)   
Any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, characterized by forewings modified to form tough protective covers for the membranous hind wings. Coleopterans include the beetles, weevils, and fireflies.
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beetle

any member of the insect order Coleoptera, consisting of the beetles and weevils. It is the largest order of insects, representing about 40 percent of the known insect species. Among the over 350,000 species of Coleoptera are many of the largest and most conspicuous insects, some of which also have brilliant metallic colours, showy patterns, or striking form. Beetles can usually be recognized by their two pairs of wings; the front pair is modified into horny covers (elytra) that hide the rear pair and most of the abdomen and usually meet down the back in a straight line. Coleoptera occur in nearly all climates. They may be divided into four groups: the first three, the Archostemata, the Adephaga, and the Myxophaga, contain relatively few families; the majority of beetles are placed in the fourth group, the Polyphaga.

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