plural noun
Cler·​i·​dae | \ ˈklerəˌdē \

Definition of Cleridae

: a family of beetles related to the soldier beetles and fireflies and usually of bright checkered colors or metallic luster and predaceous on other insects

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History and Etymology for Cleridae

New Latin, from Clerus, type genus (from Greek klēros, a kind of beetle, probably of the genus Clerus) + -idae

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“Cleridae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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