der·​mes·​tid | \ (ˌ)dər-ˈmes-təd \

Definition of dermestid

: any of a family (Dermestidae) of beetles with clubbed antennae that are very destructive to organic material of animal origin (such as dried meat, wool, or museum specimens)

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dermestid adjective

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Then the cleaning crew dries the skulls for a few days before putting them in a colony of dermestid beetles, which will eat off the rest of the fleshy bits. National Geographic, "Human Skulls Are Being Sold Online, But Is It Legal?," 23 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of dermestid

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dermestid

ultimately from Greek dermēstēs, a leather-eating worm, literally, skin eater, from derm- + edmenai to eat — more at eat

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The first known use of dermestid was circa 1888

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