Latin buprestis, Ancient Greek 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.
buprestidan (plural buprestidans)
- (zoology, chiefly plural) One of a tribe of beetles, of the genus Buprestis and allied genera, usually with brilliant metallic colours, whose larvae are destructive to trees.
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