Elateridae

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

Definition of Elateridae

: 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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History and Etymology for Elateridae

New Latin, from Elater, type genus + -idae

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“Elateridae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Elateridae. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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