burying beetle


noun

any of various carrion beetles that bury the carcasses of small animals, especially rodents, in which their eggs have been deposited.

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Origin of burying beetle

First recorded in 1795–1805
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burying beetle

noun

a beetle of the genus Necrophorous, which buries the dead bodies of small animals by excavating beneath them, using the corpses as food for themselves and their larvae: family SilphidaeAlso called: sexton
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