Any insect of the order Coleoptera, having four wings, the outer pair being stiff cases for covering the others when they are folded up. See Coleoptera.

<zoology> Beetle mite, one of many species of mites, of the family Oribatidae, parasitic on beetles. Black beetle, the common large black cockroach (Blatta orientalis).

Origin: OE. Bityl, bittle, AS. Btel, fr. Btan to bite. See Bite.

(01 Mar 1998)

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