wood-boring

adjective
wood-bor·​ing | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌbȯr-iŋ How to pronounce wood-boring (audio) \

Definition of wood-boring

: excavating galleries in wood in feeding or in constructing a nest used chiefly of an insect

First Known Use of wood-boring

1815, in the meaning defined above

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“Wood-boring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood-boring. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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