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stag beetle

noun

  1. any of numerous lamellicorn beetles of the family Lucanidae, some of the males of which have mandibles resembling the antlers of a stag.


stag beetle

noun

  1. any lamellicorn beetle of the family Lucanidae , the males of which have large branched mandibles


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Word History and Origins

Origin of stag beetle1

First recorded in 1675–85
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Example Sentences

As long as a weaver's beam was each of her two shins, and they were as dark as the back of a stag-beetle.

The hirschkfer (stag-beetle) in its worm state makes its bed-chamber, prior to its metamorphosis, half as long as itself.

The toy called a kite is in French cerf volant, flying stag, a name also applied to the stag-beetle, and in Ger.

A little boy called Bell possessed the stag beetle which was the favourite for the coming races.

A large stag-beetle was crawling laboriously across the dressing-table.

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