tumblebug

noun

tum·​ble·​bug ˈtəm-bəl-ˌbəg How to pronounce tumblebug (audio)
: any of various scarab beetles (especially genera Scarabaeus, Canthon, Copris, or Phanaeus) that roll dung into small balls, bury them in the ground, and lay eggs in them

Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tumblebug was in 1805

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“Tumblebug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumblebug. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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tumblebug

noun

tum·​ble·​bug ˈtəm-bəl-ˌbəg How to pronounce tumblebug (audio)
: a large stout-bodied beetle that rolls dung into small balls, buries them in the ground, and lays its eggs in them

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