Epicauta

noun Ep·i·cau·ta \ˌepəˈkȯtə\

Definition of Epicauta

  1. :  a cosmopolitan genus of blister beetles that feed on various cultivated plants as adults and that as larvae are predacious in egg masses or nests of insects

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Origin and Etymology of epicauta

New Latin, from Greek epikautē, feminine of epikautos burned at the tip, from epikaiein to burn on the surface, burn at the top, from epi- + kaiein to burn — more at caustic


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