from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which bores wood, as an insect, a crustacean, or amollusk. Compare Cis, ship-worm, Saperda, and teredo, and other citations under wood-boring.


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  • She would be adding insects to her ration, for she had found grubs of a wood-borer that she recognized, ant pupae, and crickets, all of which she could choke down so long as they were toasted.

    The Silver Gryphon

  • From the ceiling resounded at intervals the monotonous cric-cric of a wood-borer gnawing the beams with incessant toil which passed unheeded during the day.

    The Dead Command From the Spanish Los Muertos Mandan

  • Three very splendid insects of the outer ranges of Sikkim never occurred in the interior: these are a gigantic Curculio (_Calandra_) a wood-borer; a species of Goliath-beetle, _Cheirotonus Macleaii, _ and a smaller species of the same rare family, _Trigonophorus nepalensis_; of these the former is very scarce, the latter extremely abundant, flying about at evenings; both are flower-feeders, eating honey and pollen.

    Himalayan Journals — Complete


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