[ kuh-del ]
/ kəˈdɛl /


a small, blackish beetle, Tenebroides mauritanicus, that feeds, as both larva and adult, on stored grain and on other insects.

Origin of cadelle

1860–65; < French < Provençal cadello < Latin catellus, catella puppy, equivalent to cat(ulus) young of an animal + -ellus, -ella diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cadelle

  • Mme. Cadelle's face had become somewhat anxious, and for over a minute she seemed to hesitate.

    Other People's Money|Emile Gaboriau
  • But, if it was a weapon he had gone for, it was not for the one which Marius and Mme. Cadelle supposed.

    Other People's Money|Emile Gaboriau

British Dictionary definitions for cadelle


/ (kəˈdɛl) /


a widely distributed beetle, Tenebroides mauritanicus, that feeds on flour, grain, and other stored foods, as well as on other insects: family Trogositidae

Word Origin for cadelle

French, from Provençal cadello, from Latin catellus a little dog
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