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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Perhaps the carnivorous larva of the tiger-beetle, or cicindela, is as ferocious a being as any in this state.

  • It has very long legs, and prefers climbing among the foliage to living on the ground, like most varieties of the 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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