elm bark beetle

noun

Definition of elm bark beetle

: 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

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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, "This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards," 2 Aug. 2019

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circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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