borer

Definitions

  • 104. Linden Tree Borer
    104. Linden Tree Borer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n borer any of various insects or larvae or mollusks that bore into wood
    • n borer a drill for penetrating rock
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Additional illustrations & photos:

254. Apple Borer, Larva and Pupa 254. Apple Borer, Larva and Pupa
Work of Round-headed and Flat-headed Borers in Pine Work of Round-headed and Flat-headed Borers in Pine
Moths of the peach-tree borer Moths of the peach-tree borer

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Borer (Zoöl) A marine, bivalve mollusk, of the genus Teredo and allies, which burrows in wood. See Teredo.
    • Borer (Zoöl) Any bivalve mollusk (Saxicava Lithodomus, etc.) which bores into limestone and similar substances.
    • Borer (Zoöl) One of the larvæ of many species of insects, which penetrate trees, as the apple, peach, pine, etc. See Apple borer, under Apple.
    • Borer One that bores; an instrument for boring.
    • Borer (Zoöl) The hagfish (Myxine).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n borer One who bores or pierces.
    • n borer A tool or instrument used for boring; an auger; specifically, in Great Britain, a drill, an implement used in boring holes in rock.
    • n borer A name common to many minute coleopterous insects of the group Xylophaga, whose larvæ eat their way into old wood, forming at the bottom of the holes a little cocoon, whence they emerge as small beetles.
    • n borer Some other insect which bores, either in the larval or adult state.
    • n borer A local English name of the glutinous hag, Myxine glutinosa. See cut under hag.
    • n borer A bivalve mollusk which bores into wood or stone, especially one of the family Pholadidœ.
    • n borer In entomology, the terebra or ovipositor when it is used for boring, as in many beetles, flies, etc.
    • n borer A marine snail, as Urosalpinx cinerca: so named because of its habit of boring through the shells of oysters and other mollusks.
    • n borer The larva of the American buprestid beetle, Chrysobothris femorata (which see, with cut); the flat-headed apple-tree borer.
    • n borer The larva of a crambid moth, Diatræa saccharalis, which bores in sugar-cane in the West Indies and the southern United States, where it is also known as the larger corn-stalk borer.
    • n borer A scolytid beetle, Xyleborus perforans.
    • n borer The larva of the sugarcane weevil, a calandrid beetle, Sphenophorus obscurus, common in the islands of the Pacific.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Borer the person or thing that bores: a genus of sea-worms that pierce wood; a name common to many insects that pierce wood
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. borian, to bore; cf. Ger. bohren; allied to L. for-āre, to bore, Gr. pharynx, the gullet.

Usage

In literature:

Borers and jumpers Tinkers' tools.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
The Chairman: Isn't that the poplar tree borer that always attacks the Lombardy?
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
THE BORERS OF OUR SHADE TREES.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
The Walnut Borer, Fifth Report, U. S. Entomological Commission, page 329.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
The 5/8-inch pipe is tapped with the tap borer in the center.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Sought in Manala a borer, That my sledge I thus might finish.
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
The borer of a carpenter's centre-bit.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
And the well-borers had been obliged to stop their work.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
This class of borers is represented by a large number of species.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
In the silence of morning he could hear the pine-borers at work in the log he was sitting on, scra-ape!
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
And I don't know why "borer" isn't a better name for it.
"The Doers" by William John Hopkins
The trees should be examined from time to time in order to keep them free from borers.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
A year or two later some ants and borers began excavating their deadly winding ways in the old pine.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
A bit is a kind of borer which is turned round and round by means of a machine called a bit-stock.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
Then the Giant called his hill-borer, who bored a tunnel through the mountain, so that the sucker could go through and drink up more water.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Under it, for months Grantline's borers had dug into the cliff.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Without a word her father stepped out of the borer and looked at her.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
To-morrow we will have a means of locating the borer under ground.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Also smaller articles of use, such as borers, scrapers, and ploughs, appeared.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Considerable material from the spruce borers was collected at Harpswell, Maine, but the species were not identified.
"Studies in Spermatogenesis" by Nettie Maria Stevens
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In poetry:

And all around are left the bars and borers,
The splitting wedges and the prying keys,
Such aids as serve the soft-shod vault-explorers
To crack, wrench open, rifle as they please.
"The Angel-Thief" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The timid snake upon its hearth's cool sand
Sleeps undisturbed; the squirrel haunts its roof;
And in the clapboard sides
Of closets, dim with many a spider woof,
Like the uncertain tapping of a hand,
The beetle-borer hides.
"The Old House" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Of Agriculture has extended the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine to include the entire state.
Emerald Ash Borer impacts woods along Magee Marsh boardwalk.
Emerald Ash Borer impacts woods along Magee Marsh Boardwalk.
State Department of Environmental Conservation officials have made their first discovery of an emerald ash borer in Albany County in a Selkirk trap located on private property near the CSX rail yard.
These are the dreaded juvenile delinquents (emerald ash borer larvae) similar to the ones lurking in the leafy neighborhoods of St Paul.
The boxes are hung by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to monitor the borer 's spread (go to the department's website for updated info).
The Forest Service, which developed the trap, distributed 61,500 of them this summer to state and local conservation groups in 48 states, including those where ash borers had not yet been detected.
Inside is a chemical lure known to attract emerald ash borers .
Emerald ash borer hits Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Emerald Ash Borer found for first time in a N.Y.S-owned campground .
ALBANY — An Emerald Ash Borer infestation was found in the Catskill Forest Preserve at a state-owned campground , New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.
A recent study in Journal Science examines how area-wide suppression of corn borers using Bt corn can improve yield and grain quality even of non-Bt varieties.
News Researchers Confirm Emerald Ash Borer in Buffalo.
Mokena approves tree inventory to cope with the ash borer.
"The purple boxes you have seen are traps for the Emerald Ash Borer or EAB insect," said district forester Ted Dailey, East Tennessee District in Knoxville.
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