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 for bacon beetle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bacon \Ba"con\, n. [OF. bacon, fr. OHG. bacho, bahho, flitch of
     bacon, ham; akin to E. back. Cf. Back the back side.]
     The back and sides of a pig salted and smoked; formerly, the
     flesh of a pig salted or fresh.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Bacon+beetle+(Zool.),+a+beetle+({Dermestes+lardarius">Bacon beetle (Zool.), a beetle ({Dermestes lardarius)
        which, especially in the larval state, feeds upon bacon,
        woolens, furs, etc. See Dermestes.
  
     To save one's bacon, to save one's self or property from
        harm or loss. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster] Bacon

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dermestes \Der*mes"tes\, n. [NL., from Gr. dermhsth`s; de`rma
     skin + root of ? to eat.] (Zool.)
     A genus of coleopterous insects, the larv[ae] of which feed
     animal substances. They are very destructive to dries meats,
     skins, woolens, and furs. The most common species is
     Dermestes lardarius, known as the bacon beetle.
     [1913 Webster]

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