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[staf-uh-lin-id, -lahy-nid]
  1. rove beetle.
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Origin of staphylinid

1840–50; < New Latin Staphylinidae family name, equivalent to Staphylin(us) genus name (< Greek staphylînos kind of insect) + -idae -id2
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Historical Examples

  • The Staphylinid present many peculiar species of known genera.

    Island Life

    Alfred Russel Wallace

  • The Staphylinid live in the carcases of animals, on manure, in detritus, and attack living insects.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • A subcartilaginous process attached to the inner side, near the base, of the Mandibul of some Staphylinid.