tumblebug

noun
tum·ble·bug | \ˈtəm-bəl-ˌbəg \

Definition of tumblebug 

: 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

First Known Use of tumblebug

1805, in the meaning defined above

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