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  1. any beetle of the family Elateridae, comprising the click beetles.
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Elateridae.

Origin of elaterid

< New Latin Elateridae, equivalent to Elater the type genus (< Greek; see elater) + -idae -id2
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Historical Examples

  • The tribe of weevils is even much more numerous than that of the Elaterid and the Buprestid.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • Several of the elaterid larvae, however, gnaw roots and are highly destructive to farm crops.

British Dictionary definitions for elaterid


  1. any of the beetles constituting the widely distributed family Elateridae (click beetles). The group includes the wireworms and certain fireflies
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the family Elateridae

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Elateridae, from elater
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