American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous beetles of the family Staphylinidae, often found in decaying matter and having slender bodies and short wing covers. Also called staphylinid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brachelytrous coleopterous insect of the family Staphylinidæ, especially one of the larger species, such as the devil's coach-horse. The name is sometimes extended to all the brachelytrous beetles, when several of the leading forms are distinguished by qualifying terms. Largeeyed rove-beetles are Stenidæ burrowing rove-beetles, Oxytelidæ; broad-bodied rove-beetles, Omaliidæ; small-headed rove-beetles, Tachyporidæ. The Pselaphidæ are sometimes known as moss-loving rovebeetles. See also cuts under
devil's coach-horse(at devil), Homalium, and Pselaphus.
- n. Any of various carnivorous or scavenging beetles of the family Staphylinidae that are often found in decaying matter and have slender bodies and short wing covers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) any one of numerous species of beetles of the family
Staphylinidæ, having short elytra beneath which the wings are folded transversely. They are rapid runners, and seldom fly.
- n. active beetle typically having predatory or scavenging habits
- Possibly from rove1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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