: the type genus of Dermestidae see larder beetle, museum beetle

Word History


New Latin, from Greek dermēstēs worm that eats skin or leather, from derm- + -ēstēs (from esthiein to eat); akin to Greek edmenai to eat

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“Dermestes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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