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lampyrid

[lam-puh-rid]
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noun
  1. any of several beetles of the family Lampyridae, comprising the fireflies.
adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the lampyrids.

Origin of lampyrid

1890–95; < New Latin Lampyridae glowworm family, equivalent to Lampyr(is) type genus (< Greek lampyrís glowworm; see lamp) + -idae -id2
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  • The Lampyrid have the elytra weak and soft, like the insects of the preceding tribe.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier