noun \(ˌ)dər-ˈmes-təd\

Definition of DERMESTID

:  any of a family (Dermestidae) of beetles with clubbed antennae that are very destructive to organic material of animal origin (as dried meat, wool, or museum specimens)
dermestid adjective


ultimately from Greek dermēstēs, a leather-eating worm, literally, skin eater, from derm- + edmenai to eat — more at eat
First Known Use: circa 1888


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