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

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", White, Gilbert.