plural noun

: 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

Word History


New Latin, from Buprestis, type genus + -idae

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“Buprestidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Buprestidae. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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