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Any of various often colorful, metallic beetles of the family Buprestidae, many of which are destructive wood borers as larvae.
[From New Latin Būprēstidae, family name, from Būprēstis, type genus, from Latin būprēstis, beetle harmful to cattle, from Greek bouprēstis : bous, ox; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + prēthein, to swell up.]
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(Animals) any beetle of the mainly tropical family Buprestidae, the adults of which are brilliantly coloured and the larvae of which bore into and cause damage to trees, roots, etc
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the family Buprestidae
[C19: from Latin buprestis poisonous beetle, causing the cattle who eat it to swell up, from Greek, from bous ox + prēthein to swell up]
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