Beetles are a diverse and wide-ranging class of insects in the order Coleoptera generally characterized by a particularly hard exoskeleton and hard forewings, and often an indistinct separation of body segments.
- O'er folded blooms
On swirls of musk,
The beetle booms adown the glooms
And bumps along the dusk.
- James Whitcomb Riley, The Beetle; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 64.
- And often, to our comfort, shall we find
The sharded beetle in a safer hold
Than is the full-winged eagle.
- And the poor beetle that we tread upon,
In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great
As when a giant dies.