burying beetle

noun

Definition of burying beetle

: any of various beetles (family Silphidae and especially genus Nicrophorus) that bury and lay eggs on the carcasses of small animals which provide a food source for the developing larvae

Examples of burying beetle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Schwing: After 100 million years or so of practice, burying beetle parents have the job down cold...but also stench-free and ready for eating. Emily Schwing, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2021 The Center sued the USFWS on March 25 to challenge the Trump administration's downlisting of the American burying beetle from endangered to threatened. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 4 Apr. 2021 What’s the difference between a suburban parent and a burying beetle? Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of burying beetle

1818, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of burying beetle was in 1818

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“Burying beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burying%20beetle. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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