from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A genus of beetles without wings, but having short oval elytra; the oil beetles. These beetles are sometimes used instead of cantharides for raising blisters. See Oil beetle, under oil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Meloidæ; the oil-beetles, usually referred to the Cantharidæ or blister-beetles proper.
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Yes, 'he said, closely scrutinizing the beast,' it's an oil-beetle ... meloe proscaraboeus ....
And besides, I take an interest in entomology, and have my own opinion on the meloe question.
And now he was determined, if it cost him the effort of all his remaining days, to close another discussion and put forever to rest the anxious doubts about the larva of meloe.
The last time I saw the Scarabee he was still at work on the meloe question.
-- The question is, whether he is the larva of meloe, -- the Scarabee said, as if he had not heard a word of what I had just been saying.
I ihall only obferve, that the papilio rumina, arge, and phaL flavia, which are either unknown, or very rare in Switzerland, are here extremely common; as is likewife the meloe cichorii Linn, towards which Dr. Manni has endeavoured to direfl: the attention of his countrymen.