Buprestid definition

byo͝o-prĕstĭd
Any of various often colorful, metallic beetles of the family Buprestidae, many of which are destructive wood borers as larvae.
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Any of a family (Buprestidae) of beetles with a long, flat, metallic-colored body: the larvae are harmful to woody plants.
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Any of the many beetles of the family Buprestidae, which in the larval stage are destructive wood borers and as adults are often brightly coloured.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
buprestid
Plural:
buprestids

Origin of buprestid

  • From New Latin Būprēstidae family name from Būprēstis type genus from Latin būprēstis beetle harmful to cattle from Greek bouprēstis bous ox gwou- in Indo-European roots prēthein to swell up

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition