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tenebrionid

[tuh-neb-ree-uh-nid]
noun
  1. darkling beetle.
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Origin of tenebrionid

1900–05; < New Latin Tenebrionidae family name, equivalent to Tenebrion-, stem of Tenebrio type genus (< Latin tenebriō, stem tenebriōn- one who operates in the dark) + -idae -id2
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Historical Examples

  • Can he owe his long period of inertia to the fact that he is one of the Tenebrionid, or Darkling Beetles?

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

    Jean Henri Fabre

  • The tribe of Tenebrionid, called formerly Melasomas, because they are nearly all black, resembles in some points the Carabici.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • Most of the other cases on record relate to the larv of Dermestid (larder beetles et al.) or Tenebrionid (meal infesting species).

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley