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dermestid

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noun der·mes·tid \(ˌ)dər-ˈmes-təd\

Definition of dermestid

  1. :  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


Origin of dermestid

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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