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buprestidan


buprestidan


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Buprestidan  \Bu*pres"ti*dan\,  n.  [L.  buprestis  Gr  ?,  a 
  poisonous  beetle,  which  being  eaten  by  cattle  in  the  grass, 
  caused  them  to  swell  up  and  and  die;  ?  ox  cow  +  ?  to  blow 
  up  swell  out.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  One  of  a  tribe  of  beetles,  of  the  genus  {Buprestis}  and 
  allied  genera,  usually  with  brilliant  metallic  colors.  The 
  larv[ae]  are  usually  borers  in  timber,  or  beneath  bark,  and 
  are  often  very  destructive  to  trees.