from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various insects, insect larvae, or mollusks that bore into wood.
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- noun any of various insects or larvae or mollusks that bore into wood
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On Java, Indonesia, the species has been proposed as a substitute for Albizia falcataria because of its similar wood quality and its resistance to the Xystrocera woodborer, which damages the Albizia.