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English definition of “deathwatch beetle”

deathwatch beetle

noun [C]     /ˌdeθ.wɒtʃˈbiː.tl̩/ US  /-wɑːtʃˈbiːt̬l̩/
an insect that eats wood, especially in old houses, causing serious damageInsect names
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