meloid


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mel·oid

 (mĕl′oid′, mĕl′ō-ĭd)
[From New Latin Meloidae, family name, from Meloē, type genus.]

mel′oid′ adj.

meloid

(ˈmɛlɔɪd)
n
(Animals) any long-legged beetle of the family Meloidae, which includes the blister beetles and oil beetles
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Meloidae
[C19: from New Latin Meloē name of genus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meloid - beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skinmeloid - beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skin
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
family Meloidae, Meloidae - blister beetles
oil beetle - any of various beetles that exude an oily substance from the leg joints that deters enemies
Spanish fly - green beetle of southern Europe
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Aggregation formation and assortative mating in two meloid beetles.
Although many people use the term "blister beetle" to describe any beetle with vesicating properties, in this article that term will be applied strictly to Meloid beetles.
Cantharidin is actually a toxic sesquiterpenoid and does deserve accurate attention, as it is of fundamental biological importance for meloid beetles, their reproduction and their defence against predators.
This period was not sufficient to "escape" from the more voracious herbivores such as the meloid beetle Epicauta sp.