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tiger beetle

noun
1.
any of numerous active, usually brightly colored beetles, of the family Cicindelidae, that prey on other insects.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30
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tiger beetle

noun
1.
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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