anybody of several beetles of household Anobiidae, particularly Xestobium rufovillosum, whose head makes a clicking noise since it burrows into wood or wood frameworks. The noise ended up being superstitiously regarded as a portent of demise.
some of various beetles associated with the family members Anobiidae that bore into lumber and also make a tapping sound.
bores through wood making a ticking noise popularly considered to presage death
A theory or system of social reform which contemplates a complete reconstruction of society with a more just and equitable distribution of property and labor In popular usage the term is often employed to indicate any lawless revolutionary social scheme See Communism Fourierism Saint Simonianism forms of socialism...