dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information


3 definitions found
 for Burying beetle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Necrophore \Nec"ro*phore\, n. [Gr. nekro`s a dead body + fe`rein
     to bear.] (Zool.)
     Any one of numerous species of beetles of the genus
     Necrophorus and allied genera; -- called also burying
     beetle, carrion beetle, sexton beetle.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bury \Bur"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buried; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Burying.] [OE. burien, birien, berien, AS. byrgan; akin to
     beorgan to protect, OHG. bergan, G. bergen, Icel. bjarga, Sw.
     berga, Dan. bierge, Goth. ba['i]rgan. [root]95. Cf.
     Burrow.]
     1. To cover out of sight, either by heaping something over,
        or by placing within something, as earth, etc.; to conceal
        by covering; to hide; as, to bury coals in ashes; to bury
        the face in the hands.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              And all their confidence
              Under the weight of mountains buried deep. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Specifically: To cover out of sight, as the body of a
        deceased person, in a grave, a tomb, or the ocean; to
        deposit (a corpse) in its resting place, with funeral
        ceremonies; to inter; to inhume.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
                                                    --Matt. viii.
                                                    21.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. To hide in oblivion; to put away finally; to abandon; as,
        to bury strife.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Give me a bowl of wine
              In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Burying beetle (Zool.), the general name of many species of
        beetles, of the tribe Necrophaga; the sexton beetle; --
        so called from their habit of burying small dead animals
        by digging away the earth beneath them. The larv[ae] feed
        upon decaying flesh, and are useful scavengers.
  
     To bury the hatchet, to lay aside the instruments of war,
        and make peace; -- a phrase used in allusion to the custom
        observed by the North American Indians, of burying a
        tomahawk when they conclude a peace.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: To intomb; inter; inhume; inurn; hide; cover; conceal;
          overwhelm; repress.
          [1913 Webster] Burying ground

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Carrion \Car"ri*on\, a.
     Of or pertaining to dead and putrefying carcasses; feeding on
     carrion.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           A prey for carrion kites.                --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Carrion beetle (Zool.), any beetle that feeds habitually on
        dead animals; -- also called sexton beetle and burying
        beetle. There are many kinds, belonging mostly to the
        family Silphid[ae].
  
     Carrion buzzard (Zool.), a South American bird of several
        species and genera (as Ibycter, Milvago, and
        Polyborus), which act as scavengers. See Caracara.
  
     Carrion+crow,+the+common+European+crow+({Corvus+corone">Carrion crow, the common European crow ({Corvus corone)
        which feeds on carrion, insects, fruits, and seeds.
        [1913 Webster]

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org