Nitidulidae

plural noun

Nit·​i·​du·​li·​dae
ˌnitəˈd(y)üləˌdē
: a family of small beetles having 5-jointed tarsi and antennae ending in a 3-jointed clavate expansion, including some that are believed to be vectors of the oak wilt fungus, and having larvae that develop usually in decaying vegetation but sometimes attack healthy plants

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Nitidula, type genus (from Late Latin, feminine of nitidulus natty, diminutive of Latin nitidus bright, neat) + -idae

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“Nitidulidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Nitidulidae. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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