Definitions

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

  • n. See long-horned beetle.
  • adj. Having long antennae.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the family Cerambycidae, which includes the long-horned beetles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Long-horned.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Cerambycidae (longhorn beetles).
  • n. One of the Cerambycidae (longhorn beetles).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Long-horned; pertaining to the Longicornia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having long antennæ; specifically, of or pertaining to the Longicornes or Longicornia.
  • n. A longicorn beetle; a member of the Longicornia.

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

  • n. long-bodied beetle having very long antennae

Etymologies

From New Latin Longicornia, former group name : Latin longus, long; see longitude + Latin cornū, horn; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin longus ("long") + cornu ("horn"). Compare French longicorne. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Invertebrates, especially insects, are quite diverse, and, in the uplands of the Caucasus, one can observe many examples of the varied insect life, including an endemic butterfly (Parnassius nordmanni) and the Rosalia longicorn beetle (Rosalia alpine, VU).

    Biological diversity in the Caucasus

  • The rain has washed the ground away from under its off legs, so that it tilts; and there were quantities of large longicorn beetles about during the night — the sort with spiny backs; they kept on getting themselves hitched on to my blankets and when I wanted civilly to remove them they made a horrid fizzing noise and showed fight — cocking their horns in a defiant way.

    Travels in West Africa

  • What formerly would have been a repulsive object (such as a great longicorn or beetle) is worn with ease by the belles of our time.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 530, February 27, 1886

  • If I had stopped to guess I would probably have considered the author a longicorn beetle or some fiddling orthopter.

    Edge of the Jungle

  • Coccinella (lady-bird), which swarms at Dorjiling, does not ascend so high, and a Clytus was the only longicorn.

    Himalayan Journals — Complete

  • The curious and very rare little longicorn, Tethlimmena aliena, quite unlike its nearest allies in the same country, is an exact copy on a somewhat smaller scale of a malacoderm, Lygistopterus amabilis, both found at Chontales.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • The rain has washed the ground away from under its off legs, so that it tilts; and there were quantities of large longicorn beetles about during the night -- the sort with spiny backs; they kept on getting themselves hitched on to my blankets and when I wanted civilly to remove them they made a horrid fizzing noise and showed fight -- cocking their horns in a defiant way.

    Travels in West Africa

  • "A splendid longicorn," he said, fishing a pill-box from his pocket, and carefully imprisoning his captive.

    Middy and Ensign

  • The beetles furnish us with many species of large size, and of the most brilliant metallic lustre, among which the Tmesisternus mirabilis, a longicorn beetle of a golden green colour; the excessively brilliant rose-chafers, Lomaptera wallacei and Anacamptorhina fulgida; one of the handsomest of the Buprestidae,

    The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature — Volume 2

  • Many other species of Callia also resemble other malacoderms; and the longicorn genus Lycidola has been named from its resemblance to various species of the Lycidae, one of the species here figured (Lycidola belti) being a good mimic of Calopteron corrugatum and of several other allied species, all being of about the same size and found at Chontales.

    Darwinism (1889)

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  • "'...I found a large variety of beetles. Here ... is a selection I beg you will accept.'...

    "'Here's glory for you!' he cried. 'Longicorns to a man: no, these must belong to the Cleridae—such colours!'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Truelove, 188

    March 11, 2008