Definition of meloe in English:

meloe

Pronunciation /ˈmɛləʊiː/

noun

Entomology
  • Any of various oil beetles, specifically of the genus Meloe. Now usually (in form Meloe): the genus itself.

    Valid publication of the genus name: Linnaeus Systema Naturae (ed. 10, 1758) I. 419.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John French (?1616–1657), physician. From post-classical Latin Meloe, of uncertain origin.