plural noun
Lam·​pyr·​i·​dae | \ lamˈpirəˌdē \

Definition of Lampyridae

: a family of beetles of medium or small size having usually an elongate form and rather soft wing covers which do not clasp the sides of the abdomen and including many nocturnal species with luminous organs as well as some species with wingless females — see cantharidae , glowworm

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History and Etymology for Lampyridae

New Latin, from Lampyris, type genus + -idae

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“Lampyridae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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