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nounSouth-Western, United States Regional
More fully "pinacate beetle", "pinacate bug". Any of several flightless black darkling beetles of the genus Eleodes found in the deserts of Arizona and northwestern Mexico, known for the foul-smelling liquid they emit when attacked.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Comstock (1849–1931). FromMexican Spanish pinacate from Nahuatl pinacatl.
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