elm bark beetle

noun

: either of two beetles (family Scolytidae) that are vectors for the fungus causing Dutch elm disease:
a
: one (Hylurgopinus rufipes) native to eastern North America
b
: one (Scolytus multistriatus) introduced from Europe into eastern North America

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The elm bark beetle had arrived from the sea, carried in the hull of a ship. Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Hundreds of thousands of elms are being taken out by Dutch elm disease, spread by the voracious elm bark beetle. Zoya Teirstein, Wired, 14 Aug. 2021 In the early 20th century, Dutch elm disease, a fungus from Asia that is spread by elm bark beetles, killed 75 percent of native elms. Claire Marie Porter, WIRED, 2 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elm bark beetle was circa 1909

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“Elm bark beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elm%20bark%20beetle. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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