from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A group of Coleoptera having short wings; the rove beetles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An old name for the rove-beetles of the coleopterous family Staphylinidæ.
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In these islands a great loggerheaded duck or goose (Anas brachyptera), which sometimes weighs twenty-two pounds, is very abundant.
Boursieri Carr. = contorta, 84 brachyptera Engelm. = ponderosa, 66 brutia Ten. = halepensis, 78
This makes it possible to establish two well defined varieties -- Veitchii and brachyptera.