pri·​o·​nus | \ prīˈōnəs, ˈprīən-\

Definition of prionus

1 capitalized : the type genus of Prionidae including beetles whose larvae are economically important borers in the roots of various trees and shrubs and often completely hollow out the woody tissues
2 plural -es : any beetle of the genus Prionus

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History and Etymology for prionus

New Latin, from Greek priōn saw

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