burying beetle

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

Origin of burying beetle

First recorded in 1795–1805
Also called sexton beetle.
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burying beetle

noun
  1. 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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