Agri·​o·​tes | \ ə-ˈgrī-ə-ˌtēz \

Definition of Agriotes

: a large cosmopolitan genus of beetles (family Elateridae) including several with larvae that are serious pests of the roots of crop plants — compare wireworm

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First Known Use of Agriotes

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Agriotes

New Latin, from Greek agriotēs wildness, from agrios wild

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“Agriotes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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