khapra beetle

khap·​ra beetle | \ ˈka-prə- How to pronounce khapra beetle (audio) , ˈkä- How to pronounce khapra beetle (audio) \

Definition of khapra beetle

: 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

Examples of khapra beetle in a Sentence

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, "Phony Barbie dolls and stolen tech: Counterfeit seizures on the rise at Minnesota-Canada border," 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of khapra beetle

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for khapra beetle

Hindi & Urdu khaprā, literally, destroyer

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12 Aug 2020

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“Khapra beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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