from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of the family Cicindelidæ, or tiger-beetles.


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  • The point seems to me equally obscure in many races of animals, and I know not how to tell whether a bee or cicindela is highest.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1 Charles Darwin 1845

  • A few glass tumblers inverted above as many of these larger holes during the summer will intercept the winged sprite into which he is shortly to be transfigured -- a brilliant metallic-hued beetle, perhaps flashing with bronzy gold or glittering like an emerald -- the beautiful _cicindela_, or tiger-beetle, known to the entomologist as the most agile winged among the coleopterous tribe; known to the populace, perhaps, simply as a bright glittering fly that revels in the hot summer sands of the sea-shore or dusty country road, making its short spans of glittering flight from the very feet of the observer.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson 1873


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