- any of numerous small, cylindrical beetles of the family Scolytidae that nest under the bark of hardwood trees, leaving intricate tracings on the wood.
Origin of bark beetle
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for bark beetle
Absurd, replied the bark-beetle, just sit still and be polite to the gentleman.
But I ain't believin' any such perambulatin' spirit for a bark-beetle.
Then he continued: "But I didn't know there was any bark-beetle here."
An' when that dead tree is full of bark-beetle, an' there ain't none in the forest, that sure looks suspicious.
He can stretch his tongue out ten times my length, cried the bark-beetle, flourishing his arm.
- any small beetle of the family Scolytidae, which bore tunnels in the bark and wood of trees, causing great damage. They are closely related to the weevils
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