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whirligig beetle

any of numerous aquatic beetles of the family Gyrinidae, commonly seen in groups circling about rapidly on the surface of the water.
Origin of whirligig beetle
1850-55 Unabridged
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  • The whirligig beetle's eyes focus both above and below water level to help it find prey at the water's surface.
  • Named after the whirligig beetle that swims about quickly in the water.
British Dictionary definitions for whirligig beetle

whirligig beetle

any flat-bodied water beetle of the family Gyrinidae, which circles rapidly on the surface of the water
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