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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. An extensive division of Coleoptera, including those that normally have five-jointed tarsi. It embraces about half of all the known species of the Coleoptera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A group of Coleoptera, containing; those families of beetles all the tarsi of which are five-jointed (with some anomalous exceptions).
  • A prime division of the hymenopterous family Chalcididæ, comprising 13 subfamilies, in which the tarsi are five-jointed.

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  • This has odd connotations of some kind of devil-worshipping secret society. Those nefarious beetles!

    March 14, 2008

  • "'I collected three beetles for you, of which all I can say is that they belong to the pentamera...'"

    --O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 167

    March 14, 2008