any of various carrion beetles that bury the carcasses of small animals, especially rodents, in which their eggs have been deposited.
Historical Examples

The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean Henri Fabre
The Red Dust Murray Leinster
The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean Henri Fabre
Harper’s Young People, June 28, 1881 Various

a beetle of the genus Necrophorous, which buries the dead bodies of small animals by excavating beneath them, using the corpses as food for themselves and their larvae: family Silphidae Also called sexton


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