Scolytus

noun Scol·y·tus \-lətəs\

Definition of Scolytus

  1. :  the type genus of Scolytidae comprising numerous small bark beetles of which some are destructive to economically important plants and one (S. multistriatus) is a vector of the fungus that causes Dutch elm disease

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Origin and Etymology of scolytus

New Latin, irregular from Greek skolyptein to cut short; akin to Greek kolos docked, hornless — more at halt (lame)


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