stag beetle

stag beetle
noun Date: 1681 any of a family (Lucanidae) of mostly large beetles having males with long and often branched mandibles suggesting the antlers of a stag

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  • Stag beetle — Stag Stag (st[a^]g), n. [Icel. steggr the male of several animals; or a doubtful AS. stagga. Cf. {Steg}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The adult male of the red deer ({Cervus elaphus}), a large European species closely related to the American elk, or wapiti …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stag beetle — ► NOUN ▪ a large dark beetle, the male of which has large branched jaws resembling antlers …   English terms dictionary

  • stag beetle — n. any of a family (Lucanidae) of large beetles: the male has long, branched, antlerlike mandibles …   English World dictionary

  • Stag beetle — Taxobox name = Stag beetles image width = 220px image caption = Male Lucanus cervus regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera subordo = Polyphaga infraordo = Scarabaeiformia superfamilia = Scarabaeoidea familia =… …   Wikipedia

  • stag beetle — any of numerous lamellicorn beetles of the family Lucanidae, some of the males of which have mandibles resembling the antlers of a stag. [1675 85] * * * ▪ insect also called  Pinching Bug,         any of some 900 species of beetles (insect order… …   Universalium

  • stag beetle — noun a kind of lamellicorn beetle; the male has branched mandibles resembling antlers • Hypernyms: ↑lamellicorn beetle • Member Holonyms: ↑Lucanidae, ↑family Lucanidae * * * ˈstag beetle 7 [stag beetle] …   Useful english dictionary

  • stag beetle — stag′ bee tle n. ent any of numerous beetles of the family Lucanidae, some of the males of which have mandibles resembling the antlers of a stag • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • stag beetle — noun Any of numerous large beetles of the family Lucanidae; the males have elaborate mandibles resembling the antlers of a stag; especially the species Lucanus cervus, which is the largest beetle in the UK …   Wiktionary

  • stag-beetle — /ˈstæg bitl/ (say stag beetl) noun any of the lamellicorn beetles constituting the family Lucanidae. The males have mandibles resembling a stag s antlers …   Australian English dictionary

  • stag-beetle — noun A large black beetle with a pair of strong mandibles …   Wiktionary

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