One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who studies or collects beetles.
- ‘A coleopterist recently wanted to select all waterbeetle records for one or more vice-counties.’
- ‘Parataxonomy is not an office job, as Rob Roughley, the burly Canadian coleopterist once pointed out.’
- ‘Interestingly, it turned out that the Oldham occurrence had been referred by Environmental Health to a coleopterist and comment came back to me via another internet loop - the coleopterist e-group!’
- ‘When H. Kulzer was employed as preparator in 1920, the collection was cared for firstly by a coleopterist.’
- ‘E. P. Austin, who was in the mining business, was an amateur coleopterist and published several papers on beetles in the course of the next few years, but he was not active in the Club after 1882.’
Mid 19th century: from Coleoptera + -ist.
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