from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various beetles of the family Scarabaeidae that form balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay their eggs.
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- n. A type of beetle of the family Scarabaeidae noted for rolling dung into spherical balls and pushing it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggs
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“According to Dr. Deadwood at the University of Boredom, the dung beetle represents the ancient pop invasion of the Rolling Stones—”
About six inches in diameter, the amulet was a golden heart-shaped scarab, a dung beetle that, the sign said, ancient Egyptians used to symbolize rebirth.