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

  • n. A small blackish beetle (Tenebroides mauritanicus), both the larval and adult forms of which damage stored grain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A French name of the larva of a beetle of the family Trogositidæ, the Trogosita mauritanica.


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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