American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. any of various beetles, of the subfamily Scolytinae, many of which reproduce in the inner bark of trees
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Zoöl.) 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.
- n. small beetle that bores tunnels in the bark and wood of trees; related to weevils
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