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Old December 09, 2019, 11:40 AM
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Escarabajo

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Today I've learned that any Coleoptera bug es un escarabajo. Is there a way to pinpoint the specific way of life? I mean, making balls of dung for a living? Escarabajo de mierda is my first guess, probably incorrect .
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In Spanish escarabajo is, to my knowledge, a generic term for beetle. It certainly corresponds with the English term, scarab which is the dung beetle and not a Cleopatra bug. I looked up Cleopatra bug and found that it pertains to a certain class centipedes. Centipedes are not beetles and it would appear to be wrong to call them escarabajos. Be careful of that m word which translates as the English s word. These coarse words have their place, but lose their force if overused as is commonly done lately. Consider using heces or excremento instead.
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A dictionary gives three different ways to say 'dung beetle.' In order, according to number of hits on the internet:
escarabajo pelotero
escarabajo estercolero
escarabajo coprófrago


The Spanish word for any beetle is escarabajo. In English, we differentiate the various beetles by adding a descriptive adjective - Japanese beetle, June beetle, Scarab (beetle)/dung beetle, African Goliath beetle, etc. They do the same thing in Spanish.
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Thanks!

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It isn't Cleopatra, it's Coleoptera.
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To poli:

It isn't Cleopatra, it's Coleoptera.
Oh, I thought it was a typo.
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