The Collaborative International Dictionary
Anthrenus \An*thre"nus\ ([a^]n*thr[=e]"n[u^]s), n. [NL., fr. Gr. 'anqrh`nh a hornet.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of small beetles, several of which, in the larval state, are very destructive to woolen goods, fur, etc. The common ``museum pest'' is Anthrenus varius; the carpet beetle is Anthrenus scrophulari[ae]. The larv[ae] are commonly confounded with moths.