wood-bor·​ing ˈwu̇d-ˌbȯr-iŋ How to pronounce wood-boring (audio)
: excavating galleries in wood in feeding or in constructing a nest
used chiefly of an insect

Examples of wood-boring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Asian longhorned beetle is an invasive, wood-boring beetle that attacks 12 types of hardwood trees in North America, including maple, elm, buckeye, birch and willow trees. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 11 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wood-boring was in 1815

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“Wood-boring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood-boring. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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