Definition of Cicindelidae
: a family of active free-flying usually bright colored diurnal predaceous beetles comprising the tiger beetles
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Origin and Etymology of cicindelidae
New Latin, from Cicindela, type genus (from Latin, glowworm) + -idae; akin to Latin candēre to shine — more at candid
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