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tumblebug

[tuhm-buh l-buhg]
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noun
  1. any of several dung beetles that roll balls of dung in which they deposit their eggs and in which the young develop.

Origin of tumblebug

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; tumble + bug1
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Historical Examples

  • Yet I'm always gay and snug, happy as a tumblebug, having still the best of times, grinding out my blame fool rhymes!

    Uncle Walt [Walt Mason]</p>

    Walt Mason

  • It was only a tumblebug, but he shrank from putting foot on any living thing.


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