plural noun

: a large family of beetles comprising the long-horned beetles, including large oblong or somewhat cylindrical beetles with antennae often longer than the body, and having larvae that usually bore in the roots or wood of trees or shrubs with some (as the locust borer and twig pruner) doing great damage
noun or adjective

Word History


New Latin, from Cerambyc-, Cerambyx, type genus (from Greek kerambyx, a horned beetle, from keras horn) + -idae

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“Cerambycidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cerambycidae. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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