Definition of chrysomelid in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkrisəˈmelid/ /-ˈmēlid/ /ˌkrɪsəˈmɛləd/


  • A beetle of a family (Chrysomelidae) that comprises the leaf beetles and their relatives.

    ‘This is consistent with recent studies on chrysomelid beetles and ichneumonoid Hymenoptera and may reflect a highly conserved structure across Holometabola.’
    • ‘Larvae of the chrysomelid, Blepharida schlechtendalii, bite the midrib of Bursera schlechtendalii to stop the flow of resins going to the leaf.’
    • ‘It was also in August that the first chrysomelids were found in France, around the Paris-area airports at Roissy, Orly, and Le Bourget, where the authorities had installed pheromone traps.’
    • ‘Host plants of two other chrysomelid beetles have similarly been found to benefit from the presence of predatory insects.’
    • ‘Parent-offspring communication in response to predators might be especially likely in social Hemiptera, chrysomelid beetles, and sawflies with maternal care.’


Late 19th century from modern Latin Chrysomelidae (plural), from Chrysomela (genus name), from Greek khrusomēlon, literally ‘golden apple’, influenced by khrusomēlolonthion ‘little golden chafer’.