carrion beetle


noun

any of the beetles of the family Silphidae that feed on and deposit their eggs in carrion.

Nearby words

  1. carrier wave,
  2. carrier-free,
  3. carrington,
  4. carriole,
  5. carrion,
  6. carrion crow,
  7. carrion flower,
  8. carritch,
  9. carrière,
  10. carrière, eugène

Origin of carrion beetle

First recorded in 1810–20

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British Dictionary definitions for carrion beetle

carrion beetle

noun

any beetle of the family Silphidae that track carrion by a keen sense of smellSee also burying beetle
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