Stag beetle

Stag beetle
Stag Stag (st[a^]g), n. [Icel. steggr the male of several animals; or a doubtful AS. stagga. Cf. {Steg}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The adult male of the red deer ({Cervus elaphus}), a large European species closely related to the American elk, or wapiti. (b) The male of certain other species of large deer. [1913 Webster]

2. A colt, or filly; also, a romping girl. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

3. A castrated bull; -- called also {bull stag}, and {bull seg}. See the Note under {Ox}. [1913 Webster]

4. (Stock Exchange) (a) An outside irregular dealer in stocks, who is not a member of the exchange. [Cant] (b) One who applies for the allotment of shares in new projects, with a view to sell immediately at a premium, and not to hold the stock. [Cant] [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) The European wren. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{Stag beetle} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of lamellicorn beetles belonging to {Lucanus} and allied genera, especially {Lucanus cervus} of Europe and {Lucanus dama} of the United States. The mandibles are large and branched, or forked, whence the name. The larva feeds on the rotten wood of dead trees. Called also {horned bug}, and {horse beetle}.

{Stag dance}, a dance by men only. [Slang, U.S.]

{Stag hog} (Zo["o]l.), the babiroussa.

{Stag-horn coral} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of large branching corals of the genus {Madrepora}, which somewhat resemble the antlers of the stag, especially {Madrepora cervicornis}, and {Madrepora palmata}, of Florida and the West Indies.

{Stag-horn fern} (Bot.), an Australian and West African fern ({Platycerium alcicorne}) having the large fronds branched like a stag's horns; also, any species of the same genus.

{Stag-horn sumac} (Bot.), a common American shrub ({Rhus typhina}) having densely velvety branchlets. See {Sumac}.

{Stag party}, a party consisting of men only. [Slang, U. S.]

{Stag tick} (Zo["o]l.), a parasitic dipterous insect of the family {Hippoboscid[ae]}, which lives upon the stag and is usually wingless. The same species lives also upon the European grouse, but in that case has wings. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • stag beetle — n. any of a family (Lucanidae) of large beetles: the male has long, branched, antlerlike mandibles …   English World dictionary

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  • stag beetle — noun a kind of lamellicorn beetle; the male has branched mandibles resembling antlers • Hypernyms: ↑lamellicorn beetle • Member Holonyms: ↑Lucanidae, ↑family Lucanidae * * * ˈstag beetle 7 [stag beetle] …   Useful english dictionary

  • stag beetle — stag′ bee tle n. ent any of numerous beetles of the family Lucanidae, some of the males of which have mandibles resembling the antlers of a stag • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • stag beetle — noun Any of numerous large beetles of the family Lucanidae; the males have elaborate mandibles resembling the antlers of a stag; especially the species Lucanus cervus, which is the largest beetle in the UK …   Wiktionary

  • stag-beetle — /ˈstæg bitl/ (say stag beetl) noun any of the lamellicorn beetles constituting the family Lucanidae. The males have mandibles resembling a stag s antlers …  

  • stag beetle — noun Date: 1681 any of a family (Lucanidae) of mostly large beetles having males with long and often branched mandibles suggesting the antlers of a stag …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stag-beetle — noun A large black beetle with a pair of strong mandibles …   Wiktionary

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