/byooh pres"tid/, n.
any beetle of the family Buprestidae, comprising wood-boring beetles of a metallic luster.
[1350-1400; ME < NL Buprestidae name of the family, equiv. to L buprest(is) venomous beetle ( < Gk boúprestis, lit. ox-sweller) + -idae -ID2]

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