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.
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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.
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            And all their confidence
            Under the weight of mountains buried deep. --Milton.
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   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.
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            Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
                                                  --Matt. viii.
                                                  21.
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            I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave. --Shak.
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   3. To hide in oblivion; to put away finally; to abandon; as,
      to bury strife.
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            Give me a bowl of wine
            In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius. --Shak.
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   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.
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   Syn: To intomb; inter; inhume; inurn; hide; cover; conceal;
        overwhelm; repress.
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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.
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         A prey for carrion kites.                --Shak.
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   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)
      which feeds on carrion, insects, fruits, and seeds.
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