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

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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, "Ticks That Fed on Dinosaurs Found Trapped in Amber," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of carpet beetle

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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