말똥구리

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왕쇠똥구리 (Scarabaeus sacer).

EtymologyEdit

First attested in the Myobeopyeonhwagyeong eonhae (妙法蓮華經諺解 / 묘법연화경언해), 1463, as 구우리 (Yale: molstongkwuwuli).

Possibly a compound of 말똥 (malttong, “horse faeces”) (itself from (mal, “horse”) and (ttong, “faeces”)) and the verb 구르— (gureu-) / 굴— (gul-, “to roll”), with a nominalisation agent suffix (-i, “the thing which ...”), i.e. literally, "a horse faeces roller".

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /mɐɭt͈o̞ŋguɾi/
  • Phonetic hangul: 말똥구리

NounEdit

말똥구리 (malttongguri)

  1. dung beetle

SynonymsEdit

  • 쇠똥구리 (soettongguri) / 소똥구리 (sottongguri, “literally, a 'cow faeces roller'”)
  • 쇠똥벌레 (soettongbeolle)
  • 강랑 (gangnang, 蜣蜋)
  • 길강 (gilgang, 蛣蜣)
  • 퇴환 (toehwan, 推丸)
Last modified on 18 April 2014, at 03:34