Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common English name of the dor or dor-beetle, Geotrypes stercorarius.
  • n. plural A general name of the group of scarabs or scarabæoid beetles which roll up balls of dung; the tumblebugs or dung-chafers, as the sacred beetle of the Egyptians. See cuts under Copris and Scarabæus.

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Examples

  • Variously translated as insect, cockroach — much to the horror of Nabokov, who insisted that the thing had wings — bug, dung-beetle, the literal translation is vermin.

    F. Kafka, Everyman

  • The Turkish trolley was now very close, swaying down the line towards us like a dung-beetle: and its machine-gun bullets stung the air about our heads as we fled back into the ridges.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • Of creatures that can fly and are bloodless some are coleopterous or sheath-winged, for they have their wings in a sheath or shard, like the cockchafer and the dung-beetle; others are sheathless, and of these latter some are dipterous and some tetrapterous: tetrapterous, such as are comparatively large or have their stings in the tail, dipterous, such as are comparatively small or have their stings in front.

    The History of Animals

  • [To the Audience] Maybe, one of you can tell me where I can buy a stopped-up nose, for there is no work more disgusting than to mix food for a dung-beetle and to carry it to him.

    Peace

  • 'The red-haired dung-beetle can listen all he likes.

    Penalty

  • "He and that other dung-beetle Asaf Yakub had the dawn watch — they have stolen off and left us, and taken the food and fodder with them!"

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • "He and that other dung-beetle Asaf Yakub had the dawn watch - they have stolen off and left us, and taken the food and fodder with them!"

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • Aphrodisium and Zea; [Greek: kántharos] is Greek for a dung-beetle.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • With this object he has fed and trained a gigantic dung-beetle, which he mounts, and is carried, like Bellerophon on Pegasus, on an aerial journey.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • FIRST SERVANT Quick, quick, bring the dung-beetle his cake.

    Peace

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