Anobium tessellatum
Deathwatch Death"watch` (?; 224), n. 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small beetle ({Anobium tessellatum} and other allied species). By forcibly striking its head against woodwork it makes a ticking sound, which is a call of the sexes to each other, but has been imagined by superstitious people to presage death. (b) A small wingless insect, of the family {Psocid[ae]}, which makes a similar but fainter sound; -- called also {deathtick}. [1913 Webster]

She is always seeing apparitions and hearing deathwatches. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

I did not hear the dog howl, mother, or the deathwatch beat. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. The guard set over a criminal before his execution. [1913 Webster]


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  • deathtick — Deathwatch Death watch (?; 224), n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A small beetle ({Anobium tessellatum} and other allied species). By forcibly striking its head against woodwork it makes a ticking sound, which is a call of the sexes to each other, but has… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deathwatch — Death watch (?; 224), n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A small beetle ({Anobium tessellatum} and other allied species). By forcibly striking its head against woodwork it makes a ticking sound, which is a call of the sexes to each other, but has been imagined …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Klopfkäfer — (Nagekäfer, Bohrkäfer, Anobium Fab.), Gattung aus der Familie der Holzbohrer (Xylophaga), kleine Käfer mit dreigliederiger Keule an den fadenförmigen Fühlern, kapuzenförmigem, buckligem Thorax und walzenförmigen Flügeldecken, werden bei der… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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