Meloidae

plural noun Me·loi·dae \ mə̇ˈlōəˌdē , -lȯiˌ- \

Definition of Meloidae

:a widely distributed family of moderate-sized usually rather soft-bodied cylindrical beetles that exhibit a complex hypermetamorphosis during development, are often defoliators as adults, and include some whose larvae are beneficial predators on other insects — see blister beetle, meloe

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Origin and Etymology of meloidae

New Latin, from Meloe, type genus + -idae


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