any of several scarabaeid beetles, especially of the genus Dynastes, which comprises the largest beetles, characterized by one or more horns on the head and prothorax.
- Also called dynastid.
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How to use rhinoceros beetle in a sentence
This appears to be the case with those of the rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis), and according to Gould with those of ants.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4) | William Kirby
This thing, with the ferocious claw-like nose and chin, was a female rhinoceros beetle, so the owner explained.
In the woods of this island the large rhinoceros-beetle is very common: it measures above six inches in length.Wanderings in South America | Charles Waterton
Presently, with a loud hum, a great rhinoceros-beetle dashed into my face.A Popular Account of the Manners and Customs of India | Charles Acland
A quarter of a mile and they came upon a great, gutted shell which had been a rhinoceros beetle the day before.The Forgotten Planet | Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for rhinoceros beetle
any of various scarabaeid beetles having one or more horns on the head, esp Oryctes rhinoceros, a serious pest on coconut plantations
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