plural noun

: a family of vegetable-feeding often brilliantly colored scarabaeoid beetles compare goldsmith beetle

Word History


New Latin, from Rutela, type genus (irregular from Latin rutilus red) + -idae; probably akin to Latin ruber red

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“Rutelidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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