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  • noun Any of various insects, insect larvae, or mollusks that bore into wood.

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  • noun any of various insects or larvae or mollusks that bore into wood


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  • On Java, Indonesia, the species has been proposed as a substitute for Albizia falcataria because of its similar wood quality and its resistance to the Xystrocera woodborer, which damages the Albizia.

    Chapter 5 1983


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