khapra beetle

[ kah-pruh, kap-ruh ]
/ ˈkɑ prə, ˈkæp rə /

noun

a tiny cosmopolitan beetle, Trogoderma granarium, that is a pest of stored grain and other dried organic matter.

Nearby words

  1. khaniá,
  2. khanjar,
  3. khanka,
  4. khansamah,
  5. khanty,
  6. kharif,
  7. kharijite,
  8. kharkov,
  9. khartoum,
  10. khartoum north

Origin of khapra beetle

First recorded in 1925–30, khapra beetle is from the Hindi word khaprā literally, destroyer

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