Definition of malacoderm in English:

malacoderm

adjective

Zoology
rare
  • 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).

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Kirby (1759–1850), entomologist and naturalist. From (i) French malacoderme.

Pronunciation

malacoderm

/ˈmaləkə(ʊ)dəːm/