from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rove-beetle, as a member of the Staphylinidæ.
  • Of or pertaining to the family Staphylinidæ; staphylinine.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any rove beetle.

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

  • noun zoology Any of the beetle family Staphylinidae, the rove beetles.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Staphylinidae, family name, from Staphylinus, type genus, from Greek staphulinos, kind of insect, probably from staphulē, bunch of grapes.]


  • Spider mites, Mononychellus tanajoa and Tetranychus cinnabarinus, sometimes affect the crop; mitetolerant cultivars have been developed and M. tanajoa is attacked by predaceous mites and staphylinid beetles, so that chemical control should not be necessary.

    Chapter 11

  • Finally, it may be mentioned that Lieutenant Nordquist found under stones and pieces of drift-wood a few insects, among them a beetle (a _staphylinid_).

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II


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