American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various gregarious beetles of the family Gyrinidae that circle about rapidly on the surface of water.
- n. Any of various water beetles of the family Gyrinidae that swim rapidly in circles when alarmed.
- n. aquatic beetle that circles rapidly on the water surface
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"n. Any insect belonging to the order Coleoptera (which see). Sometimes, however, the term is used in a more restricted sense, as equivalent in the plural to Scarabœidœ, a tribe of this order embra...
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