Definition of Buprestis
: the type genus of the family Buprestidae
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Origin and Etymology of buprestis
New Latin, from Latin, poisonous beetle causing cattle that ate it in the grass to swell up and die, from Greek bouprēstis, from bou- (from bous) + -prēstis (from prēthein to blow up) — more at froth
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