- A large European dung beetle, Geotrupes stercorarius, that makes a droning noise while flying.
- Any flying insect which makes a loud humming noise, such as the June bug or a bumblebee.
From Middle English dorre, dore, from Old English dora (“humming insect”), from Proto-Germanic *durô (“bumblebee, humming insect”), from Proto-Indo-European *dher-, *dhrēn- (“bee, hornet, drone”). Related to Middle Low German dorne (“bumblebee”), Middle Dutch dorne (“bumblebee”), Dutch dar (“drone”), Old English drān (“drone”). More at drone.
- (obsolete) A trick, joke, or deception.