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burying beetle

any of various carrion beetles that bury the carcasses of small animals, especially rodents, in which their eggs have been deposited.
Also called sexton beetle.
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1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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burying beetle

a beetle of the genus Necrophorous, which buries the dead bodies of small animals by excavating beneath them, using the corpses as food for themselves and their larvae: family Silphidae Also called sexton
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