bark beetle

noun
  1. 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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bark beetle

noun
  1. 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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