• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dermestes (Zoöl) A genus of coleopterous insects, the larvæ of which feed animal substances. They are very destructive to dries meats, skins, woolens, and furs. The most common species is Dermestes lardarius, known as the bacon beetle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dermestes A genus of coleopterous insects, the type of the family Dermestidæ. The larvæ devour dead bodies, skins, leather, and other animal substances. One species, D. lardarius, is known by the name of bacon-beetle; another, D. or Anthrenus musæorum, is peculiarly destructive in museums of natural history. See cut under bacon-beetle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. dermhsth`s; de`rma skin + root of to eat


In literature:

The greatest expert in this work is the Dermestes beetle, an enthusiastic gnawer of animal remains.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
We see Dermestes and Saprinidae hastening to the arum-flower.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
The brain had not been removed, and quite a colony of Dermestes Beetles had propagated in the cavity.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
It is thought that smoke does good in keeping the Dermestes out of the house.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
Don't lay it aside without poisoning, or it will be swarming with dermestes before you know it.
"Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting" by William T. Hornaday