1887J.W. MatthewsIncwadi Yami 323Coffee enterprise seemed dying out fast, no planting going on, the trees suffering from an insect, the ‘borer’.
1899W.H. BrownOn S. Afr. Frontier 316The native woods in the country are attacked by a small beetle, commonly known as the borer, which is brown in colour and about a quarter of an inch in length.
1899A. WernerCaptain of Locusts 68The Administration bungalow did not, as yet, boast a ceiling — concluded from the softly descending showers of yellow dust, that the ‘borer’ had got into them — reflected that he ought to have them tarred or painted at the first opportunity.
1905J. Du Plessis1000 Miles in Heart of Afr. 54An insect called the borer drills holes into your house’s beams and rafters and uprights.
1987J. KenchCottage Furn. 169Borer beetle, The common furniture beetle, Anobium punctatum, responsible for the small round holes found in woodwork. These are the flight holes of the mature insect...Known especially in the U.K. as woodworm.
1990Weekend Post 8 Dec. 1The ‘borer beetle certificate’, which was..commonly issued when a house was sold, also had limited value.
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