Definition of ambrosia beetle in English:

ambrosia beetle

noun

  • A small dark wood-boring beetle, the adults and larvae of which feed on a fungus that they cultivate, called ambrosia.

    Genus Platypus (family Platypodidae), and Xyleborus and other genera (family Scolytidae)

    ‘Then come ambrosia beetles and western oak bark beetles by the thousands, flocking to feed, tunnel out galleries, and lay their eggs.’
    • ‘It turns out that besides humans, four kinds of animal are known to farm fungi - leaf cutter ants, termites, ambrosia beetles, and marsh snails.’
    • ‘In 2003, we started trapping ambrosia beetles and other wood boring beetles in ornamental nurseries.’
    • ‘A non-native ambrosia beetle and its associated fungus are killing redbay trees in Florida and other southeastern states.’
    • ‘The Asian ambrosia beetle is very small but infestations can be quite obvious.’

Pronunciation

ambrosia beetle

/amˈbrōZH(ē)ə ˈbēdl/ /æmˈbroʊʒ(i)ə ˈbidl/