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  • noun A large black beetle with a pair of strong mandibles.


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Compound of stag and beetle.


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  • For instance, the prehensile organs of insects, the great toothed mandibles of the black stag-beetle, the amorous din of the male cicada and the muteness of his mate these are facts which you cannot relate, one with the other, nor can you generalise upon them.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters 2010

  • Among my insects the best were the rare Pieris arum, of a rich chrome yellow colour, with a black border and remarkable white antenna — perhaps the very finest butterfly of the genus; and a large black wasp-like insect, with immense jaws like a stag-beetle, which has been named

    The Malay Archipelago 2004

  • After the same fashion the carabus or stag-beetle comes from grubs that live in dry wood: at first the grub is motionless, but after a while the shell bursts and the stag-beetle issues forth.

    The History of Animals 2002

  • In it a midget child, a sort of Tom Thumb, stood on a toadstool and was threatened from below by a stag-beetle very much larger than himself.

    Surprised by Joy Lewis, C. S. 1955

  • [Illustration: "I AM ARMOUR-CLAD," SAID THE STAG-BEETLE.] "I am armour-clad," said the stag-beetle.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Studies of Animal life and Character Douglas English

  • Around one's head in the evening the stag-beetle buzzes with its multiplicity of wings and fierce lobster-like claws out-stretched.

    Highways & Byways in Sussex E.V. Lucas

  • Except that Snubby found an outsize stag-beetle in the garden, which he insisted on displaying on the tea-table, and that he had arrived with another boy's trunk instead of his own, things passed off peacefully the first day.

    The Rockingdown Mystery Blyton, Enid, 1898?-1968 1949

  • The humming of the screws overhead dropped an octave and a half, back through wasp and hornet to bumble bee, to cockchafer, to stag-beetle.

    Brave New World Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 1932

  • A very large and handsome green stag-beetle crawled from one end of The Rat's crutches to the other, but, having done it, he went away also.

    The Lost Prince 1914

  • The stag-beetle dies slowly (it was John who collected the beetles).

    Jacob's Room Virginia Woolf 1911


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