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dytiscid

/dɪˈtɪsɪd; daɪ-/
noun
1.
any carnivorous aquatic beetle of the family Dytiscidae, having large flattened back legs used for swimming
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Dytiscidae
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Dytiscus genus name, changed from Greek dutikos able to dive, from duein to dive
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  • The Gyrinid, which come very near to the dytiscid, like water which is clear and a little agitated.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier

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