darkling beetle

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darkling beetle

n.
Any of numerous beetles of the family Tenebrionidae, having a brown or black body, feeding on decaying vegetation, living plants, or stored grain, and inhabiting a variety of habitats, including deserts. Also called tenebrionid.
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dark′ling bee`tle


n.
any brown or black beetle of the family Tenebrionidae, the larvae of which feed on decaying plant matter.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.darkling beetle - sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or graindarkling beetle - sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or grain
weevil - any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles
family Tenebrionidae, Tenebrionidae - a family of arthropods including darkling beetles and mealworms
flour beetle, flour weevil - an insect that infests flour and stored grains
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