Definitions for khapra beetleˈkɑ prə, ˈkæp rə

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kha′pra bee`tleˈkɑ prə, ˈkæp rə(n.)

  1. a tiny cosmopolitan beetle, Trogoderma granarium, that is a pest of stored grain and other dried organic matter.

    Category: Entomology

Origin of khapra beetle:

1925–30; < Hindi khaprā lit., destroyer


  1. Khapra beetle

    The Khapra beetle, also called cabinet beetle, which originated in South Asia, is one of the world’s most destructive pests of grain products and seeds. It is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world. Infestations are difficult to control because of the insect's ability to survive without food for long periods, its preference for dry conditions and low-moisture food, and its resistance to many insecticides. There is a federal quarantine restricting the importation of rice into the U.S,. from countries with known infestations of the beetle.

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