Definition of Cerambycidae
: 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
cerambycoid\sə̇ˈrambəˌkȯid\ noun or adjective
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Origin and Etymology of cerambycidae
New Latin, from Cerambyc-, Cerambyx, type genus (from Greek kerambyx, a horned beetle, from keras horn) + -idae
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