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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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THE WOOD IS PERISHABLE AND LIABLE TO ATTACK BY COMMON FURNITURE BEETLE AND BY DEATH WATCH BEETLE.
The wooden bell frame was ravaged by death watch beetle and nearly fell apart.
To halt this silliness I checked out exactly what a death watch beetle is and found the adult is seven millimetres long and is wood boring.
It didn't end there, with the discovery that the house also had woodworm, boring weevils (they only ever want to talk about wood, apparently), wet rot fungus and, pretty much the unbeatable card in a game of 'Things You Don't Want To Find In Your Floor Boards' Top Trumps, the death watch beetle.
There was dry rot, wet rot, damp and even death watch beetle which all had to be dealt with before the redecoration work could begin.
It must be a relief for her to finally have a girlfriend to chat to - what with the Kings making her feel about as welcome as an infestation of death watch beetle.
In the early 1920s, Lefroy was asked by Sir Frank Baines, Principal Architect of the Office of Works at Westminster Hall, adjacent to the Houses of Parliament, to study ways of exterminating an infestation of Death Watch Beetle.
You haven't had ingrowing toe nails, split ends or death watch beetle.
That ticking noise isn't a bad case of death watch beetle, or the crocodile in Peter Pan getting closer.
We were flooded out during a storm, half the guests went down with dysentery, the bed sheets were so glazed with unrinsed soap you risked slipping straight out again if you got in too quickly, the food was rank, the woman in the next room complained of death watch beetle and Brummie Bill wouldn't stop singing Delilah.