Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the Malacodermata or of the Malacodermi.
  • Malacodermatous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of a tribe of beetles (Malacodermata), with a soft and flexible body, as the fireflies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology One of a tribe of beetles (Malacodermata), with a soft and flexible body.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek soft + skin.

Examples

  • The curious and very rare little longicorn, Tethlimmena aliena, quite unlike its nearest allies in the same country, is an exact copy on a somewhat smaller scale of a malacoderm, Lygistopterus amabilis, both found at Chontales.

    Darwinism (1889)

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