noun (pl) -flies
a muscid fly, Pegomyia hyoscyami: a common pest of beets and mangel-wurzels Also called mangold fly
- Beethoven, ludwig van
beethoven, ludwig van Beethoven, Ludwig van [(bay-toh-vuhn)] A German composer of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, whose works spanned the classic and romantic musical traditions (see romanticism). Considered one of the greatest composers of all time, he is particularly well known for his Moonlight Sonata and other sonatas for piano; for his string […]
any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, characterized by hard, horny forewings that cover and protect the membranous flight wings. (loosely) any of various insects resembling the beetle, as a cockroach. Chiefly British. to move quickly; scurry: He beetled off to catch the train. a heavy hammering or ramming instrument, usually of wood, used […]
- Beetle bank
noun an area of cultivated land used to breed predatory insects that will kill pests Examples The benefits upon the crop are being noticed, while the creation of beetle banks is both simple and inexpensive and doesn’t interfere with our growers’ normal farming practices.
having heavy projecting eyebrows. scowling or sullen. Historical Examples This pale, beetle-browed lady ought to have enjoined those to be timid who know how. Catholic World, Vol. XI, April 1870-September 1870 Various You’re primitive and beetle-browed, but you’ve got what it takes. The Sky Trap Frank Belknap Long And of all other women lean, hollow-eyed, […]