Mel"o*e\, [ NL., fr. Gr. ? to probe a wound.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of beetles without wings, but having short oval elytra; the oil beetles. These beetles are sometimes used instead of cantharides for raising blisters. See Oil beetle, under Oil.
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