ambrosia-beetle

ambrosia beetle

noun

Origin:
1895–1900; ambrosia in reference to the beetles' food, a coating formed by a fungus which they cultivate

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ambrosia beetle
 
n
any of various small beetles of the genera Anisandrus, Xyleborus, etc, that bore tunnels into solid wood, feeding on fungi growing in the tunnels: family Scolytidae (bark beetles)

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