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ambrosia beetle

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

noun
1.
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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