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Any of various insects, insect larvae, or mollusks that bore into wood.

wood′bor′ing adj.


1. (Animals) any of various beetles of the families Anobiidae, Buprestidae, etc, the larvae of which bore into and damage wood
2. (Animals) any of various other unrelated invertebrates that bore into wood


(ˈwʊdˌbɔr ər, -ˌboʊr-)

1. a tool, operated by compressed air, for boring wood.
2. any of various beetles, worms, mollusks, etc., that bore into wood.
wood′bor`ing, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.woodborer - any of various insects or larvae or mollusks that bore into woodwoodborer - any of various insects or larvae or mollusks that bore into wood
invertebrate - any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification
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have been found to stimulate antennae of the buprestid woodborer Melanophila acuminata (De Geer) (Schutz et al.
Fine structure of antennal sensilla basiconica and their detection of plant volatiles in the eucalyptus woodborer, Phoracantha semipunctata Fabricius (Coleopetera: Cerambycidae).
We start our 'rescue' of neglected invertebrates with a paper by Courtney Rayes, James Beattie and Ian Duggan that offers a look at interspecies relations over the longue duree by placing attention on the insidious gnashings of the marine woodborer.
Several of my 60- to 80-year-old pines and spruces have been attacked and killed by a beetle I think is called the Pinelands woodborer.
on species of the molluscan woodborer Teredo in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey.
Notwithstanding some gaps and apparent anomalies, the richness of this documentary record has proven invaluable as a source for examining marine woodborer spread and impacts.
SB have also been reported in the antennae of other non-Dipteran insects such as the eucalyptus woodborer, Phoracantha semipunctata [Coleoptera: Cerambycidae] (Lopes et al.
Softer wood varieties, such as the red Philippine timber, called kalantas or kalante, are also preferred for their natural fragrance and resistance to woodborers.
Some natural "reefs" can be ephemeral, such as tree trunks that are washed down rivers, become water logged, and sink to the bottom to provide temporary habitat until woodborers gradually degrade them.
For example, bark beetles (Curculionidae: Scolytinae), woodborers (Cerambycidae), and click beetle larvae (Elateridae) were captured more frequently near logs and all either directly feed in large dead wood or are commonly found in it.
Comparative efficacy of five types of trap for woodborers in the Cerambycidae, Buprestidae and Siricidae.