pas·​sa·​lus | \ ˈpasələs \

Definition of passalus

1 capitalized : the type genus of the family Passalidae
2 plural -es : any beetle of Passalus or a related genus especially : a flat shiny black gregarious bess-bug (Popilius disjunctus) of the southern U.S.

called also horned passalus

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History and Etymology for passalus

New Latin, from Greek passalos peg; akin to Greek pēssein to fix, fasten, pēgnynai to fix, fasten

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“Passalus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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