stag beetle


Definition of stag beetle

: any of a family (Lucanidae) of mostly large beetles having males with long and often branched mandibles suggesting the antlers of a stag

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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 Biologists say that these fantastic shapes—from the giant curved tusks of woolly mammoths to the nightmarish jaws of stag beetles—evolved to ward off competition from rival males and to impress females. Kendall Powell, Scientific American, "The Weapons of Sexual Rivalry," 24 Dec. 2019 London's population of nine million people live along 15,000 other species, such as eight types of bats hanging around nature reserves, deer roaming parks, and the largest population of stag beetles in England hiding in ancient forests. Simon Ingram, National Geographic, "Visit the world’s first National Park City," 26 July 2019 Nearly 15,000 species live there, including eight species of bats, the largest population of stag beetles in England, and hundreds of bird species. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "London to become first ‘National Park City.’ What’s that mean?," 19 July 2019 Spiky-antennaed stag beetles sit on loaves of bread and bunches of grapes on a dining-room table. Susan Dunne,, "Insects swarm over Flo-Gris as part of ’Fragile Earth’ exhibit," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of stag beetle

1681, in the meaning defined above

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“Stag beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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