Definition of flour beetle in English:

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flour beetle

noun

A small brown darkling beetle that is a widespread pest of flour and other cereal products.
  • Genera Tribolium, Gnathocerus, and others, family Tenebrionidae: several species.
Example sentences
  • In either case, damage to stored grain by the lesser grain borer, rice weevil, red flour beetle, and rusty grain beetle costs the U.S. wheat industry about $500 million annually.
  • IGRs aren't toxic to humans, and they can suppress populations of important stored-product insect pests, such as the red flour beetle and the confused flour beetle.
  • The red flour beetle is a major pest of stored grain and grain products and a popular model species for a variety of ecological, evolutionary, and developmental biology studies.

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Syllabification: flour bee·tle

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