carpet beetle
noun Date: circa 1889 any of several small dermestid beetles (genera Anthrenus and Attagenus) whose larvae are destructive especially to woolen goods

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Carpet beetle — Carpet Car pet (k[aum]r p[e^]t), n. [OF. carpite rug, soft of cloth, F. carpette coarse packing cloth, rug (cf. It. carpita rug, blanket), LL. carpeta, carpita, woolly cloths, fr. L. carpere to pluck, to card (wool); cf. Gr. karpo s fruit, E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carpet beetle — or carpet bug n. any of a number of small beetles (family Dermestidae, esp. genus Anthrenus) whose larvae feed on furs and woolens, esp. carpets …   English World dictionary

  • carpet beetle — noun small beetle whose larvae are household pests feeding on woolen fabrics • Syn: ↑carpet bug • Hypernyms: ↑beetle • Hyponyms: ↑buffalo carpet beetle, ↑Anthrenus scrophulariae, ↑black carpet beetle …   Useful english dictionary

  • carpet beetle — any of several small beetles of the family Dermestidae, the larvae of which are household pests, feeding on rugs and other woolen fabrics, esp. Anthrenus scrophulariae (buffalo carpet beetle) and Attagenus piceus (black carpet beetle). Also… …   Universalium

  • carpet beetle — noun a small beetle whose larva (a woolly bear) is destructive to carpets, fabrics, etc. [Genus Anthrenus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • carpet beetle — /ˈkapət bitl/ (say kahpuht beetl) noun a small beetle, Anthrenus scrophulariae, whose larvae are destructive to carpets and other woollen fabrics …   Australian English dictionary

  • carpet beetle — car′pet bee tle n. ent any of several small beetles of the family Dermestidae, the larvae of which feed on fur and wool fabrics, esp. rugs Also called car′pet bug . Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • Black carpet beetle — Taxobox | name = Black carpet beetle regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera familia = Dermestidae genus = Attagenus species = A. unicolor binomial = Attagenus unicolor binomial authority = (Brahm, 1791)Carpet… …   Wikipedia

  • Varied carpet beetle — Taxobox | name = Varied carpet beetle image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera familia = Dermestidae genus = Anthrenus species = A. verbasci binomial = Anthrenus verbasci binomial authority =… …   Wikipedia

  • black carpet beetle — noun a carpet beetle that is solid black in color • Hypernyms: ↑carpet beetle, ↑carpet bug * * * noun : carpet beetle b …   Useful english dictionary

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