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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Dermestes  \Der*mes"tes\,  n.  [NL.,  from  Gr  ?;  ?  skin  +  root  of  ? 
  to  eat.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  genus  of  coleopterous  insects,  the  larv[ae]  of  which  feed 
  animal  substances.  They  are  very  destructive  to  dries  meats, 
  skins,  woolens,  and  furs.  The  most  common  species  is  {D. 
  lardarius},  known  as  the  {bacon  beetle}.