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deathwatch beetle


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

  • n. Any one of several beetles of the family Anobiidae, especially Xestobium rufovillosum, whose head makes a clicking sound as it burrows into wood or wooden structures. The sound was superstitiously regarded as a portent of death.

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  • n. Any of various beetles of the family Anobiidae that bore into wood and make a tapping sound.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bores through wood making a ticking sound popularly thought to presage death


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