plural noun

: a family of soft-bodied elongate beetles that have heteromerous tarsi, usually strikingly colored adults which frequent flowers, and larvae which feed on decaying wood and sometimes are injurious to damp timbers of wharves, bridges, and mines

Word History


New Latin, from Oedemera, type genus (from Greek oidein to swell + mēros thigh) + New Latin -idae

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“Oedemeridae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oedemeridae. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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