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carrion beetle

any of the beetles of the family Silphidae that feed on and deposit their eggs in carrion.
Origin of carrion beetle
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
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  • A carrion beetle (the ugly lover) crawled off to the sea shore, and found some fish scales that emitted light.

    Japanese Fairy World William Elliot Griffis
British Dictionary definitions for carrion beetle

carrion beetle

any beetle of the family Silphidae that track carrion by a keen sense of smell See also burying beetle
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