Definitions

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  • n. A whirligig beetle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A whirligig.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as whirligig, 4.

Etymologies

Compare earwig. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Early in March, before the first male canker-moth appears on the elm-tree, the whirlwig beetles have begun to play round the broken edges of the ice, and the caddis-worms to crawl beneath it; and soon come the water-skater _ (Gerris) _ and the water-boatman _ (Notonecta) _.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 42, April, 1861

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