n.1.(Zool.) 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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.