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ambrosia beetle

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  1. bark beetle.

Origin of ambrosia beetle

1895–1900; ambrosia in reference to the beetles' food, a coating formed by a fungus which they cultivate
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British Dictionary definitions for ambrosia beetle

ambrosia beetle

  1. any of various small beetles of the genera Anisandrus, Xyleborus, etc, that bore tunnels into solid wood, feeding on fungi growing in the tunnels: family Scolytidae (bark beetles)
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