Carabidae

plural noun
Ca·​rab·​i·​dae | \ kəˈrabəˌdē\

Definition of Carabidae

: a large family of beetles comprising the ground beetles which are usually shining black or metallic in color, have long antennae and 5-jointed tarsi, are mostly of active, predaceous, and largely terrestrial habits, and destroy many injurious insects — compare bombardier beetle

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Other Words from Carabidae

carabidan \ kəˈrabədᵊn \ adjective or noun
carabideous \ ¦karə¦bidēəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Carabidae

New Latin, from Carabus, type genus + -idae

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