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- n. A large European dung beetle, Geotrupes stercorarius, that makes a droning noise while flying.
- n. General term for flying insect which makes a loud humming noise, such as the June bug or a bumblebee.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large European scaraboid beetle (Geotrupes stercorarius), which makes a droning noise while flying. The name is also applied to allied American species, as the June bug. Called also dorr, dorbeetle, or dorrbeetle, dorbug, dorrfly, and buzzard clock.
- n. A trick, joke, or deception.
- transitive v. To make a fool of; to deceive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Alamellicorn beetle of the family Scarabæidæ, a species of dung-beetle, Geotrypes stercorarius.
- n. A drone (bee).
- n. The cockchafer, Melolontha vulgaris.
- n. Also dor-beetle.
- n. One of several ground-beetles, species of the family Carabidæ and genus Harpalus. More fully called black dor.
- To hoax; humbug; make a fool of; perplex.
- n. A trick; a practical joke.
- n. A practical joker.
- n. A fool.
- n. In the nomenclature of the spicular elements of sponges, a monaxial lance-shaped or curved rod, one end of which is sharply pointed while the other has a two- or three-edged blade.
- n. An abbreviation of Doric.
From Middle English dorre, dore, from Old English dora ("humming insect"), from Proto-Germanic *durô (“bumblebee, humming insect”), from Proto-Indo-European *dher-, *dhrēn- (“bee, hornet, drone”). Related to Middle Low German dorne ("bumblebee"), Middle Dutch dorne ("bumblebee"), Dutch dar ("drone"), Old English drān ("drone"). More at drone. (Wiktionary)