Buprestidan definition

(zoology, chiefly in the plural) One of a tribe of beetles, of the genus Buprestis and allied genera, usually with brilliant metallic colours, whose larvae are destructive to trees.
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Noun

Singular:
buprestidan
Plural:
buprestidans

Origin of buprestidan

  • Latin buprestis, Ancient Greek a poisonous beetle, which, being eaten by cattle in the grass, caused them to swell up and and die; ox, cow + to blow up, swell out.

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