noun Etymology: New Latin Tenebrionidae, from Tenebrion-, Tenebrio, type genus, from Latin, one that shuns the light, from tenebrae darkness — more at temerity Date: 1902 darkling beetletenebrionid adjective

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  • tenebrionid — /teuh neb ree euh nid/, n. See darkling beetle. [1900 05; < NL Tenebrionidae family name, equiv. to Tenebrion , s. of Tenebrio type genus ( < L tenebrio, s. tenebrion one who operates in the dark) + idae ID2] * * * …   Universalium

  • tenebrionid — te·neb·ri·o·nid …   English syllables

  • tenebrionid — te•neb•ri•o•nid [[t]təˈnɛb ri ə nɪd[/t]] n. ent darkling beetle • Etymology: 1900–05; < Tenebrion , s. of Tenebrio a genus (L tenebriō one who operates in the dark, der. oftenebraedarkness) + idae id II …   From formal English to slang

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  • darkling beetle — noun Date: 1816 any of a family (Tenebrionidae) of firm bodied mostly dark colored vegetable feeding nocturnal beetles which often have vestigial and functionless wings and whose larvae are usually hard cylindrical worms (as a mealworm) called… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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