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deathwatch beetle definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: bores through wood making a ticking sound popularly thought to presage death [syn: deathwatch beetle, deathwatch, Xestobium rufovillosum]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1877 any of various small beetles (family Anobiidae, especially Xestobium rufovillosum) that bore in seasoned or dead wood (as of old buildings) and make a tapping noise as a mating call



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