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beetle

noun [C] uk   /ˈbiː.tl̩/ us    /-t̬l̩/
an insect with a hard shell-like back: a black beetle a deathwatch beetle a dung beetle

beetle

verb [I] uk   /ˈbiː.tl̩/ us    /-t̬l̩/ UK informal
to go somewhere quickly: Hoping to miss the traffic jams, she beetled off home at four o'clock.
Translations of “beetle”
in Korean 딱정벌레…
in Arabic خُنْفُساء…
in French coléoptère…
in Turkish çoğunlukla sert parlak ve siyah kabuksu vücudu olan bir böcek…
in Italian scarabeo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 甲蟲…
in Russian жук…
in Polish żuk, chrząszcz…
in Spanish escarabajo, coleóptero…
in Portuguese besouro…
in German der Käfer…
in Catalan escarabat…
in Japanese 甲虫(カブトムシやクワガタムシなど)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 甲虫…
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