rhinoceros beetle


: any of various large chiefly tropical scarab beetles (subfamily Dynastinae) having projecting horns on thorax and head

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Examples of rhinoceros beetle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weapons also are probably molded by the type of fighting and where it’s done — as borne out by work on the shapes of rhinoceros beetle horns by evolutionary biologist Erin McCullough. Kendall Powell, Discover Magazine, 6 Dec. 2019 The dung beetle’s coronation as the world’s strongest insect steals the thunder from the rhinoceros beetle, which can lift up to 850 times its own weight. Smriti Rao, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2010 In the Japanese rhinoceros beetle, Trypoxylus dichotomus, horns range from a stubby 7 millimeters to a towering 32. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 29 Oct. 2013 If the rhinoceros beetle were the size of an actual rhinoceros, its horn could be 16 feet long. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 29 Oct. 2013 There are antlers, rhinoceros beetle horns, peacock tails. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 3 July 2015 Chances are good that you would be startled to find a rhinoceros beetle perched over your bed one night. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 Heracross, with its giant horn, bears a striking resemblance to the Japanese rhinoceros beetle, for example. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2021 So, too, palm-size rhinoceros beetles and stag beetles. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, 13 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined above

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“Rhinoceros beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhinoceros%20beetle. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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