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bark beetle



any of numerous small, cylindrical beetles of the family Scolytidae that nest under the bark of hardwood trees, leaving intricate tracings on the wood.


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Nearby words

barium thiosulfate, barium titanate, barium x-ray, barium yellow, bark, bark beetle, bark cloth, bark is worse than his bite, bark up the wrong tree, barkeep, barkeeper

Origin of bark beetle

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bark beetle

bark beetle


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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