from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various beetles of the family Buprestidae, which are destructive wood borers as larvae and often have a metallic red, green, or blue color.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several beetles, of the family Buprestidae, that are destructive wood borers in the larval stage
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Buprestidæ.
- n. A member of the Buprestidæ.
From New Latin Būprēstidae, family name, from Būprēstis, type genus, from Latin būprēstis, beetle harmful to cattle, from Greek bouprēstis : bous, ox; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + prēthein, to swell up.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)