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pill beetle


      n   a very common beetle, Byrrhus pilula, typical of the family Byrrhidae, that can feign death by withdrawing legs and antennae into grooves underneath the oval body  
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pill          [1]  
1    a small spherical or ovoid mass of a medicinal substance, intended to be swallowed whole  
2    the   sometimes cap  
Informal   an oral contraceptive  
3    something unpleasant that must be endured (esp. in the phrase bitter pill to swallow)  
4    Slang   a ball or disc  
5    Slang   an unpleasant or boring person  
6    tr   to give pills to  
7    tr   to make pills of  
8    intr   to form into small balls  
9    tr  
Slang   to blackball,   (See also)        pills  
     (C15: from Middle Flemish pille, from Latin pilula a little ball, from pila ball)  

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1    bolus, capsule, pellet, pilule, tablet  
2    the pill      oral contraceptive  
3      (slang)   bore, drag     (informal)   nuisance, pain     (informal)   pain in the neck     (informal)   pest, trial  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
larval stage of the darkling beetle
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