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burying beetle

noun

Definition of burying beetle

  1. :  any of various beetles (family Silphidae and especially genus Nicrophorus) that bury and lay eggs on the carcasses of small animals which provide a food source for the developing larvae



1818

First Known Use of burying beetle

1818


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