burying-beetle

burying beetle

noun
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.


Origin:
1795–1805

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burying beetle
 
n
Also called: sexton 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

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