rhinoceros beetle


Definition of rhinoceros beetle

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

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Recent Examples on the Web So, too, palm-size rhinoceros beetles and stag beetles. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, "Do “Murder Hornets” Really Exist?," 13 May 2020 In the wild, rhinoceros beetles use their horns as weapons to variously lift, flip, or toss other males into the air in fights for dominance during mating season. National Geographic, "Why rare beetles are being smuggled to Japan at an alarming rate," 4 Feb. 2020 In February 2010, a shipment of 2,752 beetles of various species, including many rhinoceros beetles, was intercepted at the post office in La Paz. National Geographic, "Why rare beetles are being smuggled to Japan at an alarming rate," 4 Feb. 2020 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, Scientific American, "The Weapons of Sexual Rivalry," 24 Dec. 2019

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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 5 Dec. 2020.

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