A close up of a dorbettle.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- any of several European dung beetles
- any beetle that flies with a buzzing sound
Origin: ; from Middle English dore (; from Old English dora, a beetle ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dher-, to buzz from source Classical Greek thrylein, to murmur, babble) plush beetle
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Origin: Obsolete dor, a buzzing bee or beetle (from Middle English dorre, from Old English dora) + beetle1.