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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a beetle (Dermestes lardarius) which, especially in the larval state, feeds upon bacon, woolens, furs, etc. See Dermestes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A species of the genus Dermestes, D. lardarius, family Dermestidæ, order Coleoptera, whose larvæ are very destructive to stuffed animals in museums. The larvæ are hairy, and whitish-brown in color.


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