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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 651 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BEETLE (O. Eng. bityl; connected with " bite "), a name commonly applied to those insects which possess horny wing-cases; it is used to denote the cockroaches (q.v.) (black beetles), as well as the true beetles or Coleoptera (q.v.), the two belonging to different orders of Insecta. The adjective " beetle-browed," and similarly " beetling " (of a cliff), are derived from the name of the insect. From another word (O. Eng. betel, connected with " beat ") comes " beetle " in the sense of a mallet, and the " beetling-machine," which subjects fabrics to a hammering process.
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NIKOLAAS BEETS (1814-1903)

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