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rove beetle

any of numerous beetles of the family Staphylinidae, having a slender, elongated body and very short front wings, and capable of running swiftly.
Also called staphylinid.
1765-75 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for rove beetle

rove beetle

any beetle of the family Staphylinidae, characterized by very short elytra and an elongated body: typically they are of carnivorous or scavenging habits
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any member of the widely distributed insect family Staphylinidae (order Coleoptera), with over 20,000 species

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