rove beetle
noun Etymology: perhaps from 1rove Date: circa 1771 any of a family (Staphylinidae) of often predatory active beetles having a long body and very short wing covers beneath which the wings are folded transversely — called also staphylinid

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  • Rove beetle — Rove beetles Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Rove beetle — Rove Rove, n. The act of wandering; a ramble. [1913 Webster] In thy nocturnal rove one moment halt. Young. [1913 Webster] {Rove beetle} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of numerous species of beetles of the family {Staphylinid[ae]}, having short elytra… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rove beetle — n. any of a large family (Staphylinidae) of swiftly moving beetles with a long, slender body and very short elytra: they feed chiefly on decomposing organic matter …   English World dictionary

  • rove beetle — any of numerous beetles of the family Staphylinidae, having a slender, elongated body and very short front wings, and capable of running swiftly. Also called staphylinid. [1765 75] * * * ▪ insect       any member of the widely distributed insect… …   Universalium

  • rove beetle — rove′ bee tle n. ent any of numerous beetles of the family Staphylinidae, having a slender, elongated body and very short front wings, and capable of running swiftly • Etymology: 1765–75; appar. rove I …   From formal English to slang

  • rove beetle — noun active beetle typically having predatory or scavenging habits • Hypernyms: ↑beetle • Member Holonyms: ↑Staphylinidae, ↑family Staphylinidae …   Useful english dictionary

  • rove beetle — any beetle of the family Staphylinidae …   Medical dictionary

  • rove beetle — noun a long bodied beetle with very short wing cases, typically found among decaying matter …   English new terms dictionary

  • rove-beetle — /ˈroʊv bitl/ (say rohv beetl) noun any beetle of the family Staphylinidae, which comprises numerous insects which have long, slender bodies and very short elytra, and which run swiftly …   Australian English dictionary

  • rove beetle — noun Any of various carnivorous or scavenging beetles of the family Staphylinidae that are often found in decaying matter and have slender bodies and short wing covers …   Wiktionary

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