plural noun

: 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

Word History


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

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“Lycidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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