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chrysomelid

[kris-uh-mel-id, -mee-lid]
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noun
  1. any beetle of the family Chrysomelidae, comprising the leaf beetles.
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Chrysomelidae.
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Origin of chrysomelid

1920–25; < New Latin Chrysomelidae name of the family, equivalent to Chrysomel(a) a genus (feminine derivative of Greek chrȳsómēlon quince, equivalent to chrȳso- chryso- + mêlon apple; see -a4) + -idae -id2
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Historical Examples

  • He may, however, refer to some species of the Gold-beetles—Chrysomelid, next mentioned.

    Curious Facts in the History of Insects; Including Spiders and Scorpions.

    Frank Cowan

  • The Chrysomelid are other phytophagous insects, dressed in the brightest colours, having short and thick-set bodies.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • These cushions are particularly conspicuous in the beautiful tribe of plant-beetles (Chrysomelid).