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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History and Etymology for Meloidae

New Latin, from Meloe, type genus + -idae

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