Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of a tribe of beetles, of the genus Buprestis and allied genera, usually with brilliant metallic colours, whose larvae are destructive to trees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a tribe of beetles, of the genus Buprestis and allied genera, usually with brilliant metallic colors. The larvæ are usually borers in timber, or beneath bark, and are often very destructive to trees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as buprestid.

Etymologies

Latin buprestis, Ancient Greek a poisonous beetle, which, being eaten by cattle in the grass, caused them to swell up and and die; ox, cow + to blow up, swell out. (Wiktionary)

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