1. An extremely unattractive woman. 2. A slow race horse. "Imagine a geezer on the make (a thief) throwing his iron (money) on the beetles!"

- american underworld dictionary - 1950

Bee"tle (?), n. [OE. betel, AS. bitl, btl, mallet, hammer, fr. betan to beat. See Beat, v. t.]

1.

A heavy mallet, used to drive wedges, beat pavements, etc.

2.

A machine in which fabrics are subjected to a hammering process while passing over rollers, as in cotton mills; -- called also beetling machine.

Knight.

 

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Bee"tle (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beetled (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Beetling.]

1.

To beat with a heavy mallet.

2.

To finish by subjecting to a hammering process in a beetle or beetling machine; as, to beetle cotton goods.

 

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Bee"tle, n. [OE. bityl, bittle, AS. btel, fr. btan to bite. See Bite, v. t.]

Any insect of the order Coleoptera, having four wings, the outer pair being stiff cases for covering the others when they are folded up. See Coleoptera.

Beetle mite Zool., one of many species of mites, of the family Oribatidae, parasitic on beetles. -- Black beetle, the common large black cockroach (Blatta orientalis).

 

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Bee"tle, v. i. [See Beetlebrowed.]

To extend over and beyond the base or support; to overhang; to jut.

To the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea. Shak.

Each beetling rampart, and each tower sublime. Wordsworth.

 

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