te·​ne·​bri·​o·​nid tə-ˈne-brē-ə-nəd How to pronounce tenebrionid (audio) ˌte-nə-ˈbrī-ə-nəd How to pronounce tenebrionid (audio)
tenebrionid adjective

Word History


from the base of New Latin Tenebrionidae, family name, from Tenebrion-, Tenebrio, a genus of the family (going back to Latin tenebriōn-, tenebriō "someone who does things in the dark [by implication in an underhanded way]," from tenebrae "darkness" + -iōn-, -iō, suffix of nouns denoting persons with a prominent feature) + -idae -idae — more at tenebrae

Note: The genus name Tenebrio was introduced by linnaeus (Systema naturae, Stockholm, 1758, tomus I, p. 417); he used the name for the beetle earlier in Fauna suecica (1746).

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tenebrionid was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Tenebrionid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenebrionid. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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