Definition of cadelle in English:


Syllabification: ca·delle
Pronunciation: /kəˈdel


  • A small, dark beetle that is frequently found in food storage, where it scavenges and preys on other insects.
    • Tenebroides mauritanicus, family Cleridae
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    • The cadelle may have been originally a predator under loose bark, as other species of the family are today.
    • The cadelle is a beetle that is not common in stored grain.
    • The cadelle is a species that normally hibernates, and it differs in this respect from a majority of the insect pests of stored grain and cereal products.


mid 19th century: from French, based on Latin catella, catellus 'young (of an animal), little dog'.

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