tiger-beetle

tiger beetle

noun
any of numerous active, usually brightly colored beetles, of the family Cicindelidae, that prey on other insects.

Origin:
1820–30

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

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