Carrion 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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  • carrion 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

  • carrion beetle — noun : any of numerous beetles of the genera Necrophorus and Silpha (family Silphidae) that feed chiefly on dead animals though a few (as S. bituberosa) attack economic plants see spinach carrion beetle …   Useful english dictionary

  • carrion beetle — any of the beetles of the family Silphidae that feed on and deposit their eggs in carrion. [1810 20] * * * ▪ insect       any of a group of beetles (insect order Coleoptera), most of which feed on the bodies of dead and decaying animals, thus… …   Universalium

  • carrion beetle — noun a beetle that feeds on decaying animal and plant matter. [Family Silphidae: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • American carrion beetle — Not to be confused with the endangered American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) in the same family. American Carrion Beetle Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • American Carrion Beetle — Taxobox name = Necrophilia americana status = status system = image width = 200px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera familia = Silphidae subfamilia = tribus = genus = Necrophilia species = N. americana… …   Wikipedia

  • spinach carrion beetle — noun : a black carrion beetle (Silpha bituberosa) with a nocturnal black and white larva that feeds on spinach and other crop plants in the western United States …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Carrion buzzard — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Carrion crow — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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