American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small blackish beetle (Tenebroides mauritanicus), both the larval and adult forms of which damage stored grain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A French name of the larva of a beetle of the family Trogositidæ, the Trogosita mauritanica. It is about ¾ of an inch long, is whitish, with scattered hairs, and has a horny black head with two curved jaws. It is extremely destructive in granaries, and is often imported with grain into countries where it is not indigenous.
- French, from Provençal cadello, from Latin catella, feminine of catellus, puppy, from catulus, the young of animals; see kat- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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