from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beetle, Tenebrio molitor, which lives in all its stages on flour or farinaceous substances. The larva is an inch long, cylindrical, smooth and glossy, and is known as the meal-worm. See also cut under meal-worm.
- n. Any one of several beetles of the genus Tribolium, as T. ferrugineum and T. confusum.
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Cushing and his colleagues were trying to explain an anomalous result from a classic flour-beetle experiment performed in the 1960s.
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