Black Hills beetle

noun

: a bark beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) of the Rocky mountain area that feeds chiefly on mature ponderosa pine destroying the cambium and causing the death of great numbers of valuable timber trees

Word History

Etymology

from Black Hills, mountains in South Dakota and Wyoming

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“Black Hills beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Black%20Hills%20beetle. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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