from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See carabid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. one of numerous species of carnivorous beetles of the family Carabidæ, living mostly in burrows or under stones, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A predatory beetle of the family Carabidœ: so called from its mode of life, most of the species being found running over the ground or hidden during the day under stones and other objects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. predacious shining black or metallic terrestrial beetle that destroys many injurious insects
Sorry, no etymologies found.
In all honesty, the notion of a dirt-loving ground beetle seems blindingly redundant even to me.