carpet beetle: Meaning and Definition of

car'pet bee"tle

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any of several small beetles of the family Dermestidae, the larvae of which are household pests, feeding on rugs and other woolen fabrics, esp. Anthrenus scrophulariaeand Attagenus piceusAlso called
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