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lampyrid

[ lam-puh-rid ]
/ ˈlæm pə rɪd /
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noun

any of several beetles of the family Lampyridae, comprising the fireflies.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the lampyrids.

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Origin of lampyrid

1890–95; <New Latin Lampyridae glowworm family, equivalent to Lampyr(is) type genus (<Greek lampyrís glowworm; see lamp) + -idae-id2
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Example sentences from the Web for lampyrid

  • The Lampyrid have the elytra weak and soft, like the insects of the preceding tribe.

    The Insect World|Louis Figuier
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