dorbeetle


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dor·bee·tle

or dor beetle  (dôr′bēt′l)
n.
A European dung beetle (Geotrupes stercorarius) that flies with a droning sound.

[Obsolete dor, a buzzing bee or beetle (from Middle English dorre, from Old English dora) + beetle.]
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Noun1.dorbeetle - Old World dung beetle that flies with a droning sound
dung beetle - any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggs
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that intermittent music which the ear half catches but lets fall; a bark, a bleat; irregular, intermittent, yet somehow related; the hum of an insect, the tremor of cut grass, dissevered yet somehow belonging; the jar of a dorbeetle, the squeak of a wheel, loud, low, but mysteriously related; which the ear strains to bring together and is always on the verge of harmonising, but they are never quite heard, never fully harmonised [.