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rove beetle

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noun

any of numerous beetles of the family Staphylinidae, having a slender, elongated body and very short front wings, and capable of running swiftly.

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Also called staphylinid.

Origin of rove beetle

First recorded in 1765–75
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rove beetle

noun

any beetle of the family Staphylinidae, characterized by very short elytra and an elongated body: typically they are of carnivorous or scavenging habits
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