American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See darkling beetle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the coleopterous family Tenebrionidæ.
- Having the characters of or belonging to the family Tenebrionidæ.
- n. zoology Any member of the Tenebrionidae.
- n. sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or grain
- From New Latin Tenebriōnidae, family name, from Tenebriō, type genus, from Latin tenebriō, tenebriōn-, one who avoids light, from tenebrae, darkness. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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