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scarabaeid

or scar·a·bae·an

[skar-uh-bee-id]
adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Scarabaeidae, a family of lamellicorn beetles, including the scarabs, dung beetles, June bugs, and cockchafers.
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noun
  1. any scarabaeid beetle.
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Origin of scarabaeid

From the New Latin word scarabaeidae, dating back to 1835–45. See scarabaeus, -id2
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Historical Examples of scarabaeid

  • Then with which Scarabaeid does the empty skin which is still unknown to me correspond?

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    J. Henri Fabre

  • The larva of the Scarabaeid is snapped up underground, for the first time.

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    J. Henri Fabre

  • In both frequency and percentage, scarabaeid beetles constituted the other important food source.


British Dictionary definitions for scarabaeid

scarabaeid

scarabaean (ˌskærəˈbiːən)

noun
  1. any beetle of the family Scarabaeidae, including the sacred scarab and other dung beetles, the chafers, goliath beetles, and rhinoceros beetles
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the family Scarabaeidae
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Word Origin for scarabaeid

C19: from New Latin
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