One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very large mainly tropical beetle, the male of which has a curved horn extending from the head and typically another from the thorax. In some parts of Asia males are put to fight as a spectator sport.
Several genera and species in the family Scarabaeidae, including Oryctes rhinoceros, which is a serious pest of coconut palms
- ‘The North Mekeo villages of Nganga and Pitoli throughout this period, however, could grow barely enough areca nut for their own consumption due to an infestation of rhinoceros beetles that killed the palms.’
- ‘When the substantially more nourishing bulk of a full-grown rhinoceros beetle lumbers by this week, be sure to reel it in.’
- ‘Perhaps a different son-in-law might have described her as a senseless, whining, nagging, leather-faced old whitlow, not fit to cohabit with a rhinoceros beetle.’
- ‘I ate sago worms in Borneo - they're the larvae of rhinoceros beetles, dug out of palm trees.’
- ‘They learn very early, for instance, that fireflies, rhinoceros beetles, and other creatures appear and then die during a limited period of the year.’
- ‘When my little sister and I were growing up, we used to collect rhinoceros beetles (the males are the ones with big horns) from around the gas compressor engines - they would fly in at night and get stuck in the oil.’
- ‘I recently interviewed a rhinoceros beetle breeder, Akahane-San, who lives in the town of Takato on the island of Honshu.’
- ‘But when you look at the amount of weight they can lift in proportion to their body size, elephants are wimps compared to rhinoceros beetles.’
rhinoceros beetle/rīˈnäs(ə)rəs ˈbēdl/
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