One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having a soft integument; belonging to a group characterized by such an integument; specifically (of a beetle) of the former group Malacodermata (or Malacodermi), comprising soft-bodied species such as soldier beetles and fireflies (now in the superfamilies Cantharoidea, Cleroidea, and Lymexyloidea).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Kirby (1759–1850), entomologist and naturalist. From (i) French malacoderme.
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