any of a family (Dermestidae) of small, drab-colored beetles whose larvae and adults are destructive to hides, furs, woolens, cereals, etc.
Origin of dermestidfrom Modern Latin Dermestidae from Classical Greek derm?st?s, a leather-eating worm from derma, skin (see derma) + esthiein, to eat from esthi, imperative of edmenai, eat
Any of various beetles of the family Dermestidae, having larvae that feed chiefly on materials of animal origin such as fur, hides, wool, and stored food.
Origin of dermestidFrom New Latin Dermēstidae family name from Dermēstēs type genus from Greek dermēstēs worm that eats skin or leather derma skin ; see der- in Indo-European roots. edō, es- to eat ; see ed- in Indo-European roots.
- (zoology) Any member of the Dermestidae.