tenebrionid

[tuh-neb-ree-uh-nid]

Origin:
1900–05; < Neo-Latin Tenebrionidae family name, equivalent to Tenebrion-, stem of Tenebrio type genus (< Latin tenebriō, stem tenebriōn- one who operates in the dark) + -idae -id2

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tenebrionid

noun
sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or grain [syn: darkling beetle
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Cysteine digestive peptidases function as post-glutamine cleaving enzymes in tenebrionid stored-product pests.
The tenebrionid beetle known as the darkling beetle used to be of more importance to this industry.
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