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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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|Noun||1.||deathwatch 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
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