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dung beetle

any of various scarab beetles that feed on or breed in dung.
Origin of dung beetle
First recorded in 1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Life is everywhere the same, in the dung beetle's body as in man's.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • By Jove, it looked to me like what we used to call a dung beetle!

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
  • The dung beetle was patient: she had seen it shoving a ball, worming it from side to side, attacking it frenziedly.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for dung beetle

dung beetle

any of the various beetles of the family Scarabaeidae and related families that feed on or breed in dung
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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