Tumbledung
Tumbledung Tum"ble*dung`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of scaraboid beetles belonging to {Scarab[ae]us}, {Copris}, {Phan[ae]us}, and allied genera. The female lays her eggs in a globular mass of dung which she rolls by means of her hind legs to a burrow excavated in the earth in which she buries it. [1913 Webster]

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  • tumbledung — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: tumble (I) + dung : tumblebug * * * tumblebug or tumbledung noun (N American) A dung beetle (from its activity of rolling pellets of dung) • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Muckworm — Muck worm , n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A larva or grub that lives in muck or manure; applied to the larv[ae] of the tumbledung and allied beetles. [1913 Webster] 2. One who scrapes together money by mean labor and devices; a miser. Misers are muckworms.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scaraboid — Scar a*boid, a. [Scarab + oid.] (Zo[ o]l.) Of or pertaining to the family {Scarab[ae]id[ae]}, an extensive group which includes the Egyptian scarab, the tumbledung, and many similar lamellicorn beetles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tumblebug — Tum ble*bug , n. See {Tumbledung}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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