from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bumblebee.
  • n. A beetle, typically a cockchafer or dung beetle
  • n. a dandelion
  • n. a blundering person

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bumblebee.
  • n. The brown cockchafer.


Compound of dumble (“similar to bumble”) +‎ dor (“a buzzing flying insect”). (Wiktionary)



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  • a bumblebee

    A shaded lamp and a waving blind,
    And the beat of a clock from a distant floor:
    On this scene enter – winged, horned, and spined –
    A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore.

    Thomas Hardy, ‘An August Midnight’, 1899.

    October 11, 2007