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[tuh-neb-ree-uh-nid] /təˈnɛb ri ə nɪd/
Origin of tenebrionid
1900-05; < New Latin Tenebrionidae family name, equivalent to Tenebrion-, stem of Tenebrio type genus (< Latin tenebriō, stem tenebriōn- one who operates in the dark) + -idae -id2 Unabridged
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  • The tribe of tenebrionid, called formerly Melasomas, because they are nearly all black, resembles in some points the Carabici.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • Can he owe his long period of inertia to the fact that he is one of the tenebrionid, or Darkling Beetles?

  • Most of the other cases on record relate to the larv of Dermestid (larder beetles et al.) or tenebrionid (meal infesting species).

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley

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