khapra beetle

noun

khap·​ra beetle ˈka-prə- How to pronounce khapra beetle (audio) ˈkä- How to pronounce khapra beetle (audio)
: a dermestid beetle (Trogoderma granarium) that is native to the Indian subcontinent and is now a serious pest of stored grain in most parts of the world

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On the other side of the building, agricultural products are taken out of smaller but heavier containers and checked for pests, like the khapra beetle, that could wreak havoc on grain stores. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, 8 Aug. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Hindi & Urdu khaprā, literally, destroyer

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of khapra beetle was in 1928

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“Khapra beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/khapra%20beetle. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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