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

  • n. See darkling beetle.

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  • n. Any member of the Tenebrionidae.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the coleopterous family Tenebrionidæ.
  • Having the characters of or belonging to the family Tenebrionidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or grain


From New Latin Tenebriōnidae, family name, from Tenebriō, type genus, from Latin tenebriō, tenebriōn-, one who avoids light, from tenebrae, darkness.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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