or scar·a·bae·an

[ skar-uh-bee-id ]
/ ˌskær əˈbi ɪd /


belonging or pertaining to the Scarabaeidae, a family of lamellicorn beetles, including the scarabs, dung beetles, June bugs, and cockchafers.


any scarabaeid beetle.

Origin of scarabaeid

From the New Latin word scarabaeidae, dating back to 1835–45. See scarabaeus, -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scarabaeid


scarabaean (ˌskærəˈbiːən)

/ (ˌskærəˈbiːɪd) /


any beetle of the family Scarabaeidae, including the sacred scarab and other dung beetles, the chafers, goliath beetles, and rhinoceros beetles


of, relating to, or belonging to the family Scarabaeidae

Word Origin for scarabaeid

C19: from New Latin
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