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rhinoceros beetle

any of several scarabaeid beetles, especially of the genus Dynastes, which comprises the largest beetles, characterized by one or more horns on the head and prothorax.
Also called dynastid.
Origin of rhinoceros beetle
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In some countries this insect is described as the rhinoceros beetle, and is said to belong to the Dynastidæ species.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • This appears to be the case with those of the rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis), and according to Gould with those of ants.

  • A quarter of a mile and they came upon a great, gutted shell which had been a rhinoceros beetle the day before.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for rhinoceros beetle

rhinoceros beetle

any of various scarabaeid beetles having one or more horns on the head, esp Oryctes rhinoceros, a serious pest on coconut plantations
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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