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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dung beetle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tumble-bug.


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.

    Afoot in England


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