Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very large Brazilian lamellicorn beetle, Megasoma or Dynastes hercules. A large horn projects from the head of the male, and there is a smaller similar projection from the thorax, so that the animal resembles a pair of pincers with the body for the handle. This beetle is the largest true insect known, attaining a length of about 6 inches. See
- n. A type of rhinoceros beetle, scientific name Dynastes hercules known for its considerable strength and for being one the longest insect in the world.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) any species of Dynastes, an American genus of very large lamellicorn beetles, esp. Dynastes hercules of South America, which grows to a length of six inches.
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"n. Any insect belonging to the order Coleoptera (which see). Sometimes, however, the term is used in a more restricted sense, as equivalent in the plural to Scarabœidœ, a tribe of this order embra...
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