ambrosia beetle

noun

Definition of ambrosia beetle 

: any of various small wood-boring beetles (family Scolytidae) that cultivate a fungus on which they feed and raise their larvae

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So for ambrosia beetles, the smell of ethanol isn’t just a sign that a tree is stressed or dying. Science | AAAS, "Ambrosia beetles nurture their gardens of fungus with alcohol," 9 Apr. 2018 To find out why, researchers took a closer to look at the black stem borer (pictured), an ambrosia beetle native to Asia that has become a tree-boring pest in North America. Science | AAAS, "Ambrosia beetles nurture their gardens of fungus with alcohol," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ambrosia beetle

1897, in the meaning defined above

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