plural noun

: 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

Word History


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 22 Apr. 2024.

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