One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of beetles (family Chrysomelidae), the larvae of which develop and feed on leguminous plants and so are destructive to pulse crops; any beetle of this genus or of the subfamily Bruchinae to which it belongs; a seed beetle.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin brucus, bruchus (Vulgate) from Hellenistic Greek βροῦκος, βροῦχος locust or its wingless larva, of uncertain origin.
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