Belostomatidae

plural noun Bel·o·sto·mat·i·dae \ ˌbe-lə-stō-ˈma-tə-ˌdē \

Definition of Belostomatidae

: a family of large predaceous water bugs with piercing and sucking mouthparts that may be very destructive to young fishes

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Origin and Etymology of belostomatidae

New Latin, from Belostomat-, Belostoma, type genus (from Greek belos dart + New Latin -stomat-, -stoma) + -idae


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