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kha·pra beetle(kä′prə, kăp′rə)
A dermestid beetle (Trogoderma granurium) that is a destructive pest of stored grain, especially in South Asia and Africa.
[Hindi khaprā, from khapnā, to destroy, ultimately from Sanskrit kṣāpayati, he destroys.]
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kha′pra bee`tle(ˈkɑ prə, ˈkæp rə)
a tiny cosmopolitan beetle, Trogoderma granarium, that is a pest of stored grain and other dried organic matter.
[1925–30; < Hindi khaprā literally, destroyer]
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