dung beetle
noun Date: circa 1634 a beetle (as a tumblebug) that rolls balls of dung in which to lay eggs and on which the larvae feed

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  • dung beetle — ► NOUN ▪ a beetle whose larvae feed on dung, especially a scarab …   English terms dictionary

  • dung beetle — n. any of various scarab beetles that breed in dung and feed on it …   English World dictionary

  • Dung beetle — This article is about the beetle. For the characters in the Conker series, see List of characters in the Conker series#Dung Beetles. Dung Beetles redirects here. For the computer game, see Dung Beetles (computer game). Dung Beetle Scarabaeus… …   Wikipedia

  • dung beetle — any of various scarab beetles that feed on or breed in dung. [1625 35] * * * Any member of one subfamily (Scarabaeinae) of scarab beetles, which shapes manure into a ball (sometimes as large as an apple) with its scooperlike head and paddle… …   Universalium

  • dung-beetle — dungˈ beeˈtle noun 1. The dor beetle 2. A scarabaeid beetle generally • • • Main Entry: ↑dung …   Useful english dictionary

  • dung beetle — dung′ bee tle n. ent any of various scarab beetles that feed on or breed in dung • Etymology: 1625–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • dung beetle — /ˈdʌŋ bitl/ (say dung beetl) noun 1. any of various scarabaeid beetles that feed upon or breed in dung, as the sacred Egyptian scarab Scarabaeus sacer. 2. any of various African beetle species introduced into Australia in pastoral and urban areas …   Australian English dictionary

  • dung beetle — noun A type of beetle of the family Scarabaeidae noted for rolling dung into spherical balls and pushing it. Syn: dor, scarab …   Wiktionary

  • dung beetle — noun a beetle whose larvae feed on dung, especially a scarab …   English new terms dictionary

  • dung beetle — noun any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggs • Hypernyms: ↑scarabaeid beetle, ↑scarabaeid, ↑scarabaean • Hyponyms: ↑scarab, ↑scarabaeus, ↑Scarabaeus sacer, ↑tumblebu …   Useful english dictionary

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