darkling beetle


noun

any brown or black beetle of the family Tenebrionidae, the larvae of which feed on dead or decaying plant material, fungi, stored grain, etc.

Nearby words

  1. darkened,
  2. darkie,
  3. darkish,
  4. darkle,
  5. darkling,
  6. darkly,
  7. darkness,
  8. darkroom,
  9. darksome,
  10. darktown

Origin of darkling beetle

First recorded in 1810–20

Also called tenebrionid.

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