Definition of Tumblebug

1. Noun. Any of various dung beetles.

Generic synonyms: Dung Beetle

Definition of Tumblebug

1. n. See Tumbledung.

Definition of Tumblebug

1. Noun. A dung beetle. ¹

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Definition of Tumblebug

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tumblebug

tumble down
tumble drier
tumble driers
tumble dry
tumble dryer
tumble dryers
tumble to
tumblebug (current term)
tumbler pigeon

Literary usage of Tumblebug

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Butterflies and Bees: The Insect Folk : Volume II by Margaret Warner Morley (1905)
"Ah, tumblebug, tumble- bug ! we know your ways and why you are working so ... Little Madam tumblebug has climbed to the top of her ball and thrust out her ..."

2. Jurgen and the Censor: Report of the Emergency Committee Organized to by Edward Hale Bierstadt, James Branch Cabell, Arnold Bennett, Theodore Dreiser, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, Sinclair Lewis, Christopher Morley, Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, Owen Wister (1920)
"And when the judges were prepared for judging, there came into the court a great tumblebug, rolling in front of him his loved and properly housed young ones ..."

3. The Teacher, the School and the Community by Inez Nellie Canfield McFee (1918)
"The tumblebug and the ladybird belong to the beetle tribe. The latter is a special friend of man, ... The tumblebug rolls its egg in a ball of moist earth. ..."

4. Zoölogy for High Schools and Academies by Margaretta Burnet (1895)
"Our common tumblebug protects its egg by placing it within a spherical ball of earth or dung, which is buried in a hole prepared for it. ..."

5. Report of the Illinois State Entomologist Concerning Operations Under the by Illinois State Entomologist (1905)
"179) resembles a small tumblebug. It has a blunt forward-projecting horn on the thorax. It is generally abundant, most so about decaying animal or vegetable ..."

6. The Writings of Mark Twain [pseud.] by Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner (1903)
"A tumblebug came next, heaving sturdily at its ball, and Tom touched the creature, to see it shut its legs against its body and pretend to be dead. ..."

7. American Literature by Thomas Ernest Rankin, Wilford Merton Aikin (1922)
"... thus, — it wuz "tumblebug" as he Writ it, but the parson put the Latten instid. i sed tother maid better meeter, but he said tha was ..."

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