scavenger-beetle love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A necrophagous beetle, which acts as a scavenger: sometimes specifically applied to the family Scaphidiidæ. Compare burying-beetle, sexton-beetle.


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  • Bruce of Scotland, but after a scavenger-beetle had fallen on my face for the fifth time just when I was trying hard to go to sleep, I thought that even perseverance had its limits.

    With Our Army in Palestine Antony Bluett

  • His correct name is, I think, the scavenger-beetle, though we used a much more uncomplimentary term.

    With Our Army in Palestine Antony Bluett

  • The scavenger-beetle, which keeps the Kuruman villages sweet and clean, rolls the dirt into a ball, and carries it, like Atlas, on its back.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 19 — Travel and Adventure Various 1909

  • A pretty chief, truly; you are like the scavenger-beetle, and think of yourself only; you have not the heart of a chief.

    Black Ivory Francis B. Pearson 1859


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