Anthrenus

noun
An·​thre·​nus | \ anˈthrēnəs \

Definition of Anthrenus

: a genus of small beetles (family Dermestidae) having hairy larvae very destructive to woolen goods, fur, or other organic materials and including the carpet beetles and small gray and brown museum pests (A. varius and A. musaeorum) that destroy botanical and zoological specimens

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History and Etymology for Anthrenus

New Latin, irregular from Greek anthrēnē hornet, wasp

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“Anthrenus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Anthrenus. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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