[ kuh-del ]
/ kəˈdɛl /


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

Nearby words

  1. caddoan,
  2. caddy,
  3. caddy spoon,
  4. cade,
  5. cade, jack,
  6. cadence,
  7. cadenced,
  8. cadency,
  9. cadent,
  10. cadent house

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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