from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A very large family of Coleoptera, typified by the genus Scolytus, containing bark- and wood-boring beetles of small size, having the pygidium surrounded at the edge by the elytra, and the tibiæ usually serrate, the head not rostrate, the maxillæ with one lobe, and the antennæ short, claviform or perfoliate.


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