shot-hole borer

noun

: a small bark beetle (Scolytus rugulosus) that attacks orchard fruit trees and kills the bark of small branches and twigs
broadly : any of several other beetles of the family Scolytidae attacking trees or shrubs (such as the beetle Xyleborus fornicatus that attacks the tea plant)

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“Shot-hole borer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shot-hole%20borer. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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