any of several small beetles of the family Dermestidae, the larvae of which are household pests, feeding on rugs and other woolen fabrics, especially Anthrenus scrophulariae (buffalo carpet beetle) and Attagenus piceus (black carpet beetle).
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- carpet bombing,
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- carpet grass,
- carpet knight,
- carpet moth
Origin of carpet beetle
First recorded in 1885–90
Also called carpet bug.
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Examples from the Web for carpet beetle
And there's the carpet-beetle, whose babies eat carpets unless your mother tempts them with pieces of red flannel.Little Busybodies|Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
US carpet bug
any of various beetles of the genus Anthrenus, the larvae of which feed on carpets, furnishing fabrics, etc: family Dermestidae
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