carpet beetle

noun

Definition of carpet beetle

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

Examples of carpet beetle in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of carpet beetle

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Carpet beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carpet%20beetle. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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