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

    Walt Mason

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