Elateridae

plural noun El·a·ter·i·dae \ˌeləˈterəˌdē\

Definition of Elateridae

  1. :  a large family of elongated tapering beetles that commonly have the ability when overturned to flip into the air by a sudden movement of the prothorax and so produce a distinct clicking — compare click beetle, wireworm

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Origin and Etymology of elateridae

New Latin, from Elater, type genus + -idae


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