plural noun
Bu·​pres·​ti·​dae | \ -təˌdē \

Definition of Buprestidae

: a large family of beetles having rather short serrate antennae, an elongate form usually sharply tapering behind, and an exceedingly hard thick integument often of brilliant metallic colors and producing larvae that are fleshy legless grubs that usually bore in wood and are often destructive to trees

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History and Etymology for Buprestidae

New Latin, from Buprestis, type genus + -idae

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“Buprestidae.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Buprestidae. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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