plural noun

Definition of Tenebrionidae

: a large family of heteromerous firm-bodied mostly dark-colored vegetable-feeding beetles especially characteristic of arid regions and often with the hind wings vestigial and functionless and with larvae that are usually hard cylindrical worms — see darkling beetle, mealworm

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History and Etymology for Tenebrionidae

New Latin, from Tenebrion-, Tenebrio, type genus (from Latin, one who shuns light, from tenebrae darkness) + -idae

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“Tenebrionidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tenebrionidae. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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