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borer

[ bawr-er, bohr- ]

noun

  1. a person or thing that bores or pierces.
  2. Machinery. a tool used for boring; auger.
  3. Zoology.
    1. any of several insects that bore into trees, fruits, etc., especially a beetle that bores into the woody part of plants.
    2. any of various mollusks, worms, etc., that bore into wood, stone, coral, or shells.
  4. a marsipobranch fish, as a hagfish, that bores into other fishes to feed on their flesh.


borer

/ ˈbɔːrə /

noun

  1. a machine or hand tool for boring holes
  2. any of various insects, insect larvae, molluscs, or crustaceans that bore into rock or plant material, esp wood See also woodborer corn borer marine borer rock borer


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Word History and Origins

Origin of borer1

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; bore 2, -er 1
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Example Sentences

“But if it gets down to minus 30, and minus 30 used to be very common in the northern part of the state, you’d expect about 90% of emerald ash borers to die.”

From Ozy

The borer, likely introduced to Michigan in the ’90s from east Asia, is a glossy green beetle that rears its larvae in the inner bark of ash trees.

The emerald ash borer is significantly more tolerant of cold.

So, crouching on the ground, Davi twists the borer into one of the trunks.

He was surrounded by armour, treasure, and various implements, including the fire-borer.

The 5⁄8-inch pipe is tapped with the tap borer in the center.

The rockets were slowly cut; the borer jarred at the bottom of its hole; again the disintegrators droned out.

His attention was drawn to the borer, now dimly illuminated by its portable light, which had been secured to the door.

He started slowly around the borer, found a long narrow door slightly ajar, and stepped inside.

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