from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various black or black and orange beetles of the genus Nicrophorus that bury dead mice and other small animals on which they feed and lay their eggs. Also called sexton beetle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. the general name of many species of beetles, of the tribe Necrophaga; the sexton beetle; -- so called from their habit of burying small dead animals by digging away the earth beneath them. The larvæ feed upon decaying flesh, and are useful scavengers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of beetles of the family Silphidæ and genus Necrophorus.
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