from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A group of beetles having short elytra, as the rove beetles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Latreille's system of classification, a division of Coleoptera including the rove-beetles, or Staphylinidæ, which have the elytra short, not nearly covering the abdomen, the antennæ short, not clavate, and usually two anal appendages.


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