Definition of hister in English:

hister

noun

  • More fully "hister beetle". Any beetle of the genus Hister or (in later use) the family Histeridae, typically having an oval, hard, shiny black body (sometimes with red or orange markings) and clubbed, geniculate antennae, and most commonly living in decaying animal and plant material and dung. Also (in form Hister): the genus itself.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in John Berkenhout (?1730–1791), physician and writer. From scientific Latin Hister, genus name (Linnaeus Systema naturae (ed 10, 1758) I. 358) from classical Latin hister actor.

Pronunciation

hister

/ˈhɪstə/