rhinoceros beetle
noun Date: 1681 any of various large chiefly tropical scarab beetles (subfamily Dynastinae) having projecting horns on thorax and head

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  • Rhinoceros beetle — Rhinoceros Rhi*noc e*ros (r[ i]*n[o^]s [ e]*r[o^]s), n. [L., fr. Gr. rinoke rws, rinoke rwtos; ri s, rino s, the nose + ke ras a horn: cf. F. rhinoc[ e]ros. See {Horn}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any pachyderm belonging to the genera {Rhinoceros}, {Atelodus},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rhinoceros beetle — n. any of several medium to very large, dark colored, tropical scarab beetles: so called because of a hornlike projection on the head of the male …   English World dictionary

  • Rhinoceros beetle — Taxobox name = Rhinoceros beetle image width = 240px image caption = Rhinoceros beetle, Aegopsis curvicornis image width = 240px image caption = Three stages from larva to adult regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo =… …   Wikipedia

  • rhinoceros beetle — any of several scarabaeid beetles, esp. of the genus Dynastes, which comprises the largest beetles, characterized by one or more horns on the head and prothorax. Also called dynastid. [1675 85] * * * ▪ insect subfamily also called  elephant… …   Universalium

  • rhinoceros beetle — noun a very large mainly tropical beetle, the male of which has a curved horn on the head and typically another on the thorax. [Oryctes rhinoceros and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • rhinoceros beetle — noun any of various large chiefly tropical beetles having horns on the head; pest on coconuts • Hypernyms: ↑scarabaeid beetle, ↑scarabaeid, ↑scarabaean …   Useful english dictionary

  • rhinoceros beetle — noun any of various tropical beetles, mostly of the genus Dynastes, having horns on the head and thorax; a pest on coconuts …   Wiktionary

  • rhinoceros beetle — rhinoc′eros bee tle n. ent any of several scarabaeid beetles, esp. of the genus Dynastes, which comprises the largest beetles, characterized by one or more horns on the head and prothorax • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • rhinoceros beetle — /raɪˈnɒsərəs bitl/ (say ruy nosuhruhs beetl) noun any of various large, scarabaeid beetles of the subfamily Dynastinae, having prominent horns on the head and prothorax …   Australian English dictionary

  • European rhinoceros beetle — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

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