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/ ɪˈlæt ər ɪd /


any beetle of the family Elateridae, comprising the click beetles.


belonging or pertaining to the family Elateridae.

Origin of elaterid

< New Latin Elateridae, equivalent to Elater the type genus (< Greek; see elater) + -idae -id2
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British Dictionary definitions for elaterid

/ (ɪˈlætərɪd) /


any of the beetles constituting the widely distributed family Elateridae (click beetles). The group includes the wireworms and certain fireflies


of, relating to, or belonging to the family Elateridae

Word Origin for elaterid

C19: from New Latin Elateridae, from elater
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