plural noun
Der·​mes·​ti·​dae | \ -təˌdē \

Definition of Dermestidae

: a family of small beetles that have clubbed antennae and are very destructive both as larvae and adults to organic material of animal origin (such as dried meats, fur, wool, or insect collections)

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History and Etymology for Dermestidae

New Latin, from Dermestes, type genus + -idae

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“Dermestidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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