A small dark brown beetle, the larva of which is a serious pest of stored grain and cereal products.
- Trogoderma granarium, family Dermestidae
More 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.
late 19th century: from Hindi khaprā, from Sanskrit kharpara 'thief'.