ground-beetle

ground beetle

noun
any of numerous nocturnal, terrestrial beetles of the family Carabidae that feed chiefly on other insects.

Origin:
1840–50

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ground beetle
 
n
1.  any beetle of the family Carabidae, often found under logs, stones, etc, having long legs and a dark coloration
2.  any beetle of the family Tenebrionidae, feeding on plants and plant products
3.  any of various other beetles that live close to or beneath the ground

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