buprestid

buprestid

[byoo-pres-tid]
noun
any beetle of the family Buprestidae, comprising wood-boring beetles of a metallic luster.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Neo-Latin Buprestidae name of the family, equivalent to Latin būprēst(is) venomous beetle (< Greek boúprēstis, literally ox-sweller) + -idae -id2

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buprestid (bjuːˈprɛstɪd)
 
n
1.  any beetle of the mainly tropical family Buprestidae, the adults of which are brilliantly coloured and the larvae of which bore into and cause damage to trees, roots, etc
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the family Buprestidae
 
[C19: from Latin buprestis poisonous beetle, causing the cattle who eat it to swell up, from Greek, from bous ox + prēthein to swell up]

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