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borer

[bawr-er, bohr-] /ˈbɔr ər, ˈboʊr-/
noun
1.
a person or thing that bores or pierces.
2.
Machinery. a tool used for boring; auger.
3.
Zoology.
  1. any of several insects that bore into trees, fruits, etc., especially a beetle that bores into the woody part of plants.
  2. any of various mollusks, worms, etc., that bore into wood, stone, coral, or shells.
4.
a marsipobranch fish, as a hagfish, that bores into other fishes to feed on their flesh.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; see bore1, -er1
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Examples from the web for borer
  • The damage caused by the coffee berry borer is commonly put at half a billion dollars a year.
  • For years coffee farmers the world over have been battling the destructive coffee berry borer with insecticides.
  • Consider, for example, the beetle known as the sugarcane rootstalk borer weevil.
  • To protect forests from the emerald ash borer, firewood cannot be brought into campgrounds in the area.
  • The corn borer moth is about one inch long with a one inch wingspan.
British Dictionary definitions for borer

borer

/ˈbɔːrə/
noun
1.
a machine or hand tool for boring holes
2.
any of various insects, insect larvae, molluscs, or crustaceans that bore into rock or plant material, esp wood See also woodborer, corn borer, marine borer, rock borer
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