: a genus (the type of the family Anobiidae) of small beetles including a number of forms that bore in dry wood compare furniture beetle, powder-post beetle

Word History


New Latin, from ano- entry 1 + -bium

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anobium was in 1806

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“Anobium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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