plural noun

: a family of small widely distributed light brown to dark brown beetles that have the wings fringed with short hair and feed chiefly on fungi

Word History


New Latin, from Lathridius, type genus (from Greek lathridios secret) + -idae; from the small size of beetles belonging to this genus; akin to Greek lanthanein

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“Lathridiidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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