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darkling beetle

noun
1.
any brown or black beetle of the family Tenebrionidae, the larvae of which feed on dead or decaying plant material, fungi, stored grain, etc.
Also called tenebrionid.
Origin of darkling beetle
1810-1820
1810-20
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  • The tenebrionid beetle known as the darkling beetle used to be of more importance to this industry.

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