rove beetle

noun

Definition of rove beetle

: 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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First Known Use of rove beetle

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rove beetle

perhaps from rove entry 1

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The first known use of rove beetle was circa 1771

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“Rove beetle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rove%20beetle. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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