chrysomelid

[kris-uh-mel-id, -mee-lid]
noun
1.
any beetle of the family Chrysomelidae, comprising the leaf beetles.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the family Chrysomelidae.

Origin:
1920–25; < Neo-Latin Chrysomelidae name of the family, equivalent to Chrysomel(a) a genus (feminine derivative of Greek chrȳsómēlon quince, equivalent to chrȳso- chryso- + mêlon apple; see -a4) + -idae -id2

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chrysomelid

noun
brightly colored beetle that feeds on plant leaves; larvae infest roots and stems [syn: leaf beetle
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The shipments consisted of stem-boring weevil, a leaf-feeding chrysomelid beetle and some lepidopterous caterpillars.
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