What does the word coleoptera mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Coleopterous.

  • Part of speech: noun plural

  • An order of insects having horny wing - cases; beetles.

Usage examples for coleoptera

  1. There is no genus, perhaps, throughout all the Madeiran Coleoptera, more truly indigenous than Deucalion. – On the Variation of Species, with Especial Reference to the Insecta ; Followed by an Inquiry into the Nature of Genera by Thomas Vernon Wollaston
  2. In the course of an hour or two he had adorned his hat with a variety of orthoptera, coleoptera, and all the other opteras known to the insect- catching profession. – The Mystery of Metropolisville by Edward Eggleston
  3. Swifts feed on coleoptera, or small beetles with hard cases over their wings, as well as on the softer insects; but it does not appear how they can procure gravel to grind their food, as swallows do, since they never settle on the ground. – The-Natural-History-of-Selborne by White, Gilbert