deathwatch beetle

noun

Definition of deathwatch beetle

: any of various small beetles (family Anobiidae, especially Xestobium rufovillosum) that bore in seasoned or dead wood (as of old buildings) and make a tapping noise as a mating call

First Known Use of deathwatch beetle

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Deathwatch beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deathwatch%20beetle. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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