devil's coach horse

n. large black omnivorous beetle with a long body

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • devil's coach-horse — noun A large black European rove beetle, Staphylinus olens or Ocypus olens …   Wiktionary

  • devil's coach-horse — noun Brit. a large black predatory rove beetle which raises its hind end and opens its jaws threateningly when disturbed. [Staphylinus olens.] …   English new terms dictionary

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