rove beetle


Definition of rove beetle

  1. :  any of a family (Staphylinidae) of often predatory active beetles having a long body and very short elytra beneath which the wings are folded transversely —called also staphylinid

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Origin and Etymology of rove beetle

perhaps from 1rove

First Known Use: circa 1771

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