: a genus of small bark beetles that are especially destructive to mature coniferous trees and that have a large prothorax, short clubbed elbowed antennae, serrated tibiae, and spiny elytra

Word History


New Latin, from dendr- + Greek ktonos murder; from their destructiveness

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“Dendroctonus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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