An*thre"nus\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a hornet.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of small beetles, several of which, in the larval state, are very destructive to woolen goods, fur, etc. The common "museum pest" is A. varius; the carpet beetle is A. scrophulari[ae]. The larv[ae] are commonly confounded with moths.
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