Meal beetle
Meal Meal, n. [OE. mele, AS. melu, melo; akin to D. meel, G. mehl, OHG. melo, Icel. mj["o]l, SW. mj["o]l, Dan. meel, also to D. malen to grind, G. mahlen, OHG., OS., & Goth. malan, Icel. mala, W. malu, L. molere, Gr. my`lh mill, and E. mill. [root]108. Cf. {Mill}, {Mold} soil, {Mole} an animal, {Immolate}, {Molar}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Grain (esp. maize, rye, or oats) that is coarsely ground and unbolted; also, a kind of flour made from beans, pease, etc.; sometimes, any flour, esp. if coarse. [1913 Webster]

2. Any substance that is coarsely pulverized like meal, but not granulated. [1913 Webster]

{Meal beetle} (Zo["o]l.), the adult of the meal worm. See {Meal worm}, below.

{Meal moth} (Zo["o]l.), a lepidopterous insect ({Asopia farinalis}), the larv[ae] of which feed upon meal, flour, etc.

{Meal worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a beetle ({Tenebrio molitor}) which infests granaries, bakehouses, etc., and is very injurious to flour and meal. [1913 Webster]


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