Definition of bark beetle in English:

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bark beetle

noun

A small wood-boring beetle that tunnels under the bark of trees, which die if heavily infested.
  • Family Scolytidae: many genera and species, including the smaller European elm bark beetle (Scolytus multistriatus), which is responsible for the spread of the fungus that causes Dutch elm disease.
Example sentences
  • The species have decimated pine tree populations in India and are similar to the bark beetle that has ravaged forests in the western United States.
  • I can imagine an intelligent bark beetle pondering why it is that the oak tree on which it has deposited its eggs is so well suited to their growth.
  • After several years of drought, which may be related to global warming, pine trees have become vulnerable to the bark beetle.

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Syllabification: bark bee·tle

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