American burying beetle

noun

Definition of American burying beetle

:a burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) of North America that has a shiny black body with orange markings on the elytra and pronotum
  • … encompassing some 200 acres of seaside farm fields that provide habitat for the unique and endangered American burying beetle (which buries the carcasses of small animals), among other rare species.
  • —Alison GregorNewsday15 June 2008

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First Known Use of american burying beetle

1990


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