One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, dark beetle that is frequently found in food storage, where it scavenges and preys on other insects.
- ‘The cadelle is believed by some entomologists to be a native of America, for all species of the family Ostomidae are found in the New World.’
- ‘The cadelle is distributed worldwide.’
- ‘The cadelle is a beetle that is not common in stored grain.’
- ‘The cadelle may have been originally a predator under loose bark, as other species of the family are today.’
- ‘The cadelle is a species that normally hibernates, and it differs in this respect from a majority of the insect pests of stored grain and cereal products.’
Mid 19th century: from French, based on Latin catella, catellus ‘young (of an animal), little dog’.
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