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dung beetle

n.
Any of various beetles chiefly of the family Scarabaeidae that feed on dung and lay their eggs in it, often rolling it into balls.

dung beetle

or

dung chafer

n
(Animals) any of the various beetles of the family Scarabaeidae and related families that feed on or breed in dung

dung′ bee`tle


n.
any of various scarab beetles that feed on or breed in dung.
[1625–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dung beetle - any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggsdung beetle - any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggs
scarabaean, scarabaeid, scarabaeid beetle - any of numerous species of stout-bodied beetles having heads with horny spikes
scarab, scarabaeus, Scarabaeus sacer - scarabaeid beetle considered divine by ancient Egyptians
tumblebug - any of various dung beetles
dorbeetle - Old World dung beetle that flies with a droning sound
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Re-establishing dung-beetle populations in combination with strategies for assessing and improving soil structure could help Welsh livestock farmers boost pasture quality.
The doddle features a fluttering Rufous Hummingbird hovering over two flowers that make up the double-o in 'Google and when it is clicked and later changes to a hardworking dung-beetle rolling a manure ball around five times its size, the Daily Express reported.
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Apart from the Scottish fans attempting to demolish Wembley in 1977, taking the goal-posts and much of the pitch home with them, these championships on the whole were as exciting as dung-beetle racing.