Definition of passalid in English:

passalid

adjective

Entomology
  • Of or relating to the scarabaeoid family Passalidae of glossy black beetles with somewhat flattened and elongated bodies, found in decaying wood in warm forest regions and noted for the way they tend their young.

noun

Entomology
  • A beetle of the family Passalidae.

Origin

Early 20th century. From scientific Latin Passalidae, family name from Passalus, genus name (J. C. Fabricius Entomologia Systematica I. ii. 240; from ancient Greek πάσσαλος (Attic πάτταλος) peg, in allusion to the shape of the insect) + -idae.

Pronunciation

passalid

/pəˈsalɪd//ˈpasəlɪd/