from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The bumblebee.
  • noun The brown cockchafer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dialectal A bumblebee.
  • noun dialectal A beetle, typically a cockchafer or dung beetle
  • noun dialectal a dandelion
  • noun slang a blundering person


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


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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