plural noun

: 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

Word History


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 21 May. 2024.

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