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pinhole borer Syllabification: pin·hole bor·er

Definition of pinhole borer in English:


An ambrosia beetle (family Platypodidae), specifically the larva, which makes minute round holes in timber.
Example sentences
  • Pinhole borers infect only green timber and standing trees, and die out as the wood dries.
  • Among the most common of these associated with dead/dying pines in Alabama are southern pine sawyer, ambrosia beetles, and pinhole borers.

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