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rhinoceros beetle

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noun

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.

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Also called dynastid.

Origin of rhinoceros beetle

First recorded in 1675–85
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rhinoceros beetle

noun

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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