from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • noun zoology Any member of the Tenebrionidae.

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


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

[From New Latin Tenebriōnidae, family name, from Tenebriō, type genus, from Latin tenebriō, tenebriōn-, one who avoids light, from tenebrae, darkness.]


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