tumblebug
noun Date: 1805 any of various scarab beetles (especially genera Scarabaeus, Canthon, Copris, or Phanaeus) that roll dung into small balls, bury them in the ground, and lay eggs in them

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  • Tumblebug — is an informal name for any of the following:* dung beetle * rollover (reversible) plow * Fresno ScraperA vehicle known as a tumblebug occurs in Robert Heinlein s story The Roads Must Roll : a self balancing motorized unicycle used by maintenance …   Wikipedia

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

  • tumblebug — ☆ tumblebug [tum′bəl bug΄ ] n. any of several dung beetles that roll and bury in soil balls of dung, upon which the females deposit their eggs and in which the larvae develop …   English World dictionary

  • tumblebug — /tum beuhl bug /, n. any of several dung beetles that roll balls of dung in which they deposit their eggs and in which the young develop. [1795 1805, Amer.; TUMBLE + BUG1] * * * …   Universalium

  • tumblebug — noun A dung beetle …   Wiktionary

  • tumblebug — tum•ble•bug [[t]ˈtʌm bəlˌbʌg[/t]] n. ent any of several dung beetles that roll balls of dung in which they deposit their eggs • Etymology: 1795–1805, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • tumblebug — noun any of various dung beetles • Hypernyms: ↑dung beetle …   Useful english dictionary

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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

  • tum|ble|dung — «TUHM buhl DUHNG», noun. = tumblebug. (Cf. ↑tumblebug) …   Useful english dictionary

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