plural noun
Lyc·​i·​dae | \ ˈlisəˌdē \

Definition of Lycidae

: a family of soft-bodied mainly tropical beetles that are usually marked with a bold pattern of orange or brown and black, have disagreeable qualities to many predators, and are mimicked by numerous edible insects

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History and Etymology for Lycidae

New Latin, from Lycus, type genus (from Greek lykos wolf) + -idae

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“Lycidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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