말똥구리

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왕쇠똥구리 (Scarabaeus sacer).

Etymology[edit]

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".

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

말똥구리 (malttongguri)

  1. dung beetle

Synonyms[edit]