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A small brown or black beetle (Tenebroides mauritanicus) that is a pest of stored grain.
(Animals) a widely distributed beetle, Tenebroides mauritanicus, that feeds on flour, grain, and other stored foods, as well as on other insects: family Trogositidae
[French, from Provençal cadello, from Latin catellus a little dog]
a small black beetle, Tenebroides mauritanicus, that feeds on grain both as a larva and an adult.
[1860–65; < French < Occitan cadello < Latin catella puppy]