: 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

Word History


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

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“Scolytus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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