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khapra beetle

Line breaks: khapra bee¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈkaprə
 
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Definition of khapra beetle in English:

noun

A small dark brown beetle, the larva of which is a serious pest of stored grain and cereal products.
  • Trogoderma granarium, family Dermestidae
Example sentences
  • It is agreed that the groundnut cargo was infested with khapra beetle at the time of shipment.
  • The adults and larvae of warehouse and khapra beetles are identical in appearance and require the skills of a trained entomologist to separate the two species under magnification.
  • The Department of Agriculture had planned to destroy the khapra beetles, considered one of the most serious grain-storage pests in the world.

Origin

late 19th century: from Hindi khaprā, from Sanskrit kharpara 'thief'.

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