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  1. any typically dark-coloured beetle of the family Carabidae, including the bombardier and other ground beetles
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  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Carabidae
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Latin cārabus a kind of crab (name applied to these beetles)
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Historical Examples

  • It was what one might have expected of these Carabid, lawless hunters one and all.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

    Jean Henri Fabre

  • The Carabid and the Heteromera are the most abundant groups, the former furnishing six and the latter nine species.

    Island Life

    Alfred Russel Wallace

  • The eyes of the Carabid are very prominent, which allows them to see their prey 484 at a great distance.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • This insect is one of the most magnificent Carabid known, and is nearly two inches in length.

  • Carabidoid: applied to the second stage of a meloid larva, when it resembles that of a Carabid.