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carpet beetle

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noun
  1. any of several small beetles of the family Dermestidae, the larvae of which are household pests, feeding on rugs and other woolen fabrics, especially Anthrenus scrophulariae (buffalo carpet beetle) and Attagenus piceus (black carpet beetle).

Origin of carpet beetle

First recorded in 1885–90
Also called carpet bug.
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  • And there's the carpet-beetle, whose babies eat carpets unless your mother tempts them with pieces of red flannel.

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody


British Dictionary definitions for carpet beetle

carpet beetle

US carpet bug

noun
  1. any of various beetles of the genus Anthrenus, the larvae of which feed on carpets, furnishing fabrics, etc: family Dermestidae
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