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any of several small beetles of the family Dermestidae, the larvae of which are household pests, feeding on rugs and other woolen fabrics, especially Anthrenus scrophulariae (buffalo carpet beetle) and Attagenus piceus (black carpet beetle)
Historical Examples

And there’s the carpet-beetle, whose babies eat carpets unless your mother tempts them with pieces of red flannel.
Little Busybodies Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody

any of various beetles of the genus Anthrenus, the larvae of which feed on carpets, furnishing fabrics, etc: family Dermestidae


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