burying beetle
Carrion Car"ri*on, a. Of or pertaining to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on carrion. [1913 Webster]

A prey for carrion kites. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Carrion beetle} (Zo["o]l.), any beetle that feeds habitually on dead animals; -- also called {sexton beetle} and {burying beetle}. There are many kinds, belonging mostly to the family {Silphid[ae]}.

{Carrion buzzard} (Zo["o]l.), a South American bird of several species and genera (as {Ibycter}, {Milvago}, and {Polyborus}), which act as scavengers. See {Caracara}.

{Carrion crow}, the common European crow ({Corvus corone}) which feeds on carrion, insects, fruits, and seeds. [1913 Webster]


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  • Burying beetle — Nicrophorus americanus, American burying beetle Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • Burying beetle — Bury Bur y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Burying}.] [OE. burien, birien, berien, AS. byrgan; akin to beorgan to protect, OHG. bergan, G. bergen, Icel. bjarga, Sw. berga, Dan. bierge, Goth. ba[ i]rgan. [root]95. Cf. {Burrow}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burying beetle — Necrophore Nec ro*phore, n. [Gr. nekro s a dead body + fe rein to bear.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of beetles of the genus {Necrophorus} and allied genera; called also {burying beetle}, {carrion beetle}, {sexton beetle}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burying beetle — n. (Zoology) sexton beetle, gravedigger, any type of black or black and orange beetles that bury dead mice or the carcasses of small animals …   English contemporary dictionary

  • burying beetle — noun a black beetle which buries small animal carcasses to provide food for its larvae. [Nicrophorus and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • burying beetle — /ˈbɛriɪŋ ˌbitl/ (say bereeing .beetl) noun any beetle of the genus Necrophorus, especially N. vestigator, that buries small creatures as food for its larvae …   Australian English dictionary

  • burying beetle — noun Date: 1818 any of various beetles (family Silphidae and especially genus Nicrophorus) that bury and lay eggs on the carcasses of small animals which provide a food source for the developing larvae …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • burying beetle — any of various carrion beetles that bury the carcasses of small animals, esp. rodents, in which their eggs have been deposited. [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • burying beetle — noun : any of various carrion beetles of Necrophorus, Silpha, and related genera that bury small dead animals by digging away the earth beneath them for the purpose of feeding their larvae on the fly maggots that develop in such carcasses …   Useful english dictionary

  • Burying — Bury Bur y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Burying}.] [OE. burien, birien, berien, AS. byrgan; akin to beorgan to protect, OHG. bergan, G. bergen, Icel. bjarga, Sw. berga, Dan. bierge, Goth. ba[ i]rgan. [root]95. Cf. {Burrow}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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