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tiger beetle

any of numerous active, usually brightly colored beetles, of the family Cicindelidae, that prey on other insects.
Origin of tiger beetle
1820-30 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tiger beetle
  • We created this site based on published literature of tiger beetle occurrences.
  • On the beach lives a rare, light-colored insect, the northeastern beach tiger beetle.
  • The preserve supports the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle and other rare invertebrates.
  • No northeastern tiger beetles were found, but two other species of beach tiger beetle were found on the refuge.
  • Almost all of these turn out to be our native tiger beetle.
British Dictionary definitions for tiger beetle

tiger beetle

any active predatory beetle of the family Cicindelidae, chiefly of warm dry regions, having powerful mandibles and long legs
Word Origin
C19: so called because it has patterned, sometimes striped, wing covers
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