Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tumble-bug.
- n. obsolete A dung beetle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of scaraboid beetles belonging to Scarabæus, Copris, Phanæus, and allied genera. The female lays her eggs in a globular mass of dung which she rolls by means of her hind legs to a burrow excavated in the earth in which she buries it.
- tumble + dung (Wiktionary)
“As I do not travel at a furious speed I manage to avoid most things, even the wandering loveless oil-beetle and the small rose-beetle and that slow-moving insect tortoise the tumbledung.”
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