- any of numerous lamellicorn beetles of the family Lucanidae, some of the males of which have mandibles resembling the antlers of a stag.
Origin of stag beetle
First recorded in 1675–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for stag beetle
This structure you will find in the stag-beetle, and some other timber-devourers.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)
Blue as hyacinth was one of his eyes, dark as a stag-beetle's back was the other.
The mandibles of the Stag-beetle were formerly employed in medicine, under the name of Horns of Scarabi.
Professor Bradley, of Cambridge, mentions the following remarkable instance of insect strength in a Stag-beetle.
The common dor-beetle, the cockchafer, the stag-beetle, and others supply us with illustrations of this.Proverb Lore
F. Edward Hulme
- any lamellicorn beetle of the family Lucanidae, the males of which have large branched mandibles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012