[ kah-pruh, kap-ruh ]
/ ˈkɑ prə, ˈkæp rə /
a tiny cosmopolitan beetle, Trogoderma granarium, that is a pest of stored grain and other dried organic matter.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of khapra beetle
First recorded in 1925–30, khapra beetle is from the Hindi word khaprā literally, destroyer
Words nearby khapra beetle
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