carpet beetle


: any of several small dermestid beetles (genera Anthrenus and Attagenus) whose larvae are destructive especially to woolen goods

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Airing out the mattress is a good start to taming those troublesome particles, as is removing the carpets and giving them a good beating with a fireplace poker or baseball bat, which can shake out carpet beetle dung and other nasty things. Gregory Mcnamee, CNN, 20 Mar. 2021 Along with the ticks, the team found microscopic hairs from carpet beetle larvae, creatures that are commonly found in birds’ nests today. John Pickrell, National Geographic, 12 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carpet beetle was circa 1889

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“Carpet beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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carpet beetle

: a small beetle whose larva damages woolen goods

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