dytiscid

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dytiscid (dɪˈtɪsɪd, daɪ-)
 
n
1.  any carnivorous aquatic beetle of the family Dytiscidae, having large flattened back legs used for swimming
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Dytiscidae
 
[C19: from New Latin Dytiscus genus name, changed from Greek dutikos able to dive, from duein to dive]

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