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Noun: spruce bark beetle
  1. Small beetle that likes to bore through the bark of spruce trees and eat the cambium which eventually kills the tree
    "the spruce bark beetle is the major tree-killing insect pest of Alaska spruce forests";
    - Dendroctonus rufipennis

Derived forms: spruce bark beetles

Type of: bark beetle

Part of: Dendroctonus, genus Dendroctonus

Encyclopedia: Spruce bark beetle