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deathwatch beetle Explained

deathwatch beetle at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Borer insect (beetle species Xestobium refuvillosum) that tends to be small (less than 0.5 in., or 1-9 mm) and cylindrical. When disturbed, it usually pulls in its legs and plays dead. It makes a ticking or clicking sound by bumping its head or jaws against the sides of the tunnels it creates as it bores into old furniture and wood, a sound that, according to superstition, forecasts a death.

deathwatch beetle at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

deathwatch beetle
n : bores through wood making a ticking sound popularly thought
to presage death [syn: {deathwatch}, {Xestobium
rufovillosum}]

deathwatch beetle at English (WD) Of Explained:

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English

Noun

Inter: en-noun » head=deathwatch beetle
  • Any of various beetles of the family Anobiidae that bore into wood and make a tapping sound.

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » beetle of the family Anobiidae
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|escarabat del rellotge de la mort|m
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|puunkaivaja


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|szú
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|точильщик пёстрый|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » ru|книжная вошь|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:en:Beetles -
    Translation: et » deathwatch beetle
    Translation: ta » deathwatch beetle