deathwatch beetle


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deathwatch beetle

n.
Any of several wood-boring beetles of the family Anobiidae that make a clicking sound with the head from inside furniture and other wooden structures. The sound has traditionally been regarded as a portent of death.
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Noun1.deathwatch beetle - bores through wood making a ticking sound popularly thought to presage deathdeathwatch beetle - bores through wood making a ticking sound popularly thought to presage death
beetle - insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings
Anobiidae, family Anobiidae - deathwatch beetles
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deathwatch beetle

[ˌdeθwɒtʃˈbiːtl] Nreloj m de la muerte (tipo de carcoma)
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Yn Ynysoedd Prydain, y rhai mwyaf cyffredin ydi'r pryf dodrefn (Anobium punctatum; common furniture beetle), chwilen angau (Xestobium rufuvillosum; deathwatch beetle ), chwilen gorniog y tai (Hylotrupes bajulus; house longhorn beetle) a'r chwilen llwch llif (Lyctus brunneus; powderpost beetle).
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We don't get the harsh frosts like we used to, so pests like silverfish, deathwatch beetle and clothes moths are thriving and causing damage to priceless wooden furniture, woollen antique clothing and valuable paintings.
The deathwatch beetle is found mainly in the south of England - so there is no need to worry about that one invading your home.
There is no central heating, you have to put up with deathwatch beetle - that sort of thing.
NOver to the living dead of Emmerdale now, where an outbreak of deathwatch beetle is a welcome break from enduring another of Ashley's sermons.
THE bill to repair the church where William Shakespeare was baptised and buried has risen by pounds 50,000 after the discovery of dry rot and deathwatch beetle.
The selection presented here is from her tenth book, Dodningeuret (The Deathwatch Beetle, 1990), which was nominated for the literature prize of the European Economic Community.
Termites have already established themselves in the South-West and the deathwatch beetle is on the rise.
A church designed by Sir Christopher Wren is to re-open nearly four years after deathwatch beetle was discovered in the roof.
The larva of the deathwatch beetle is only about 15mm long but spends its life eating through the core of each beam and can seriously weaken roofs.
The cockroach and deathwatch beetle population has soared.