- any of various scarab beetles that feed on or breed in dung.
Origin of dung beetle
First recorded in 1625–35
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Examples from the Web for dung beetle
She knew very well he was not a rose-beetle; he was a dung-beetle.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
The carbuncle of the Dung-Beetle of the Pampas suggested the question.
I know in my neighbourhood one Dung-beetle and one alone who also works among carrion.
In the same manner, nothing changes in the art of the Dung-beetle, victualling himself with materials in this mine or that.
The square-chined, short-legged Dung-beetle excels in the art of manufacturing gourds.
- any of the various beetles of the family Scarabaeidae and related families that feed on or breed in dung
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