meloid

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noun

a beetle of the family Meloidae, comprising the blister beetles.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the family Meloidae.

Origin of meloid

1875–80; < New Latin Meloidae name of the family, equivalent to Melo(ē) type genus + -idae -id2
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meloid

noun

any long-legged beetle of the family Meloidae, which includes the blister beetles and oil beetles

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Meloidae

Word Origin for meloid

C19: from New Latin Meloē name of genus
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