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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small cylindrical beetles of the family Scolytidae that burrrow along the surface wood directly beneath the bark of trees, causing extensive damage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of various beetles, of the subfamily Scolytinae, many of which reproduce in the inner bark of trees

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A small beetle of many species (family Scolytidæ), which in the larval state bores under or in the bark of trees, often doing great damage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the coleopterous family Scolytidæ, nearly all of which make burrows between the bark and the wood of woody plants.
  • n. Xyleborus pyri, a scolytid beetle which perforates the bark of the apple and pear. Also called apple shot-borer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small beetle that bores tunnels in the bark and wood of trees; related to weevils

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