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[skar-uh-bee-uh s]
noun, plural scar·a·bae·us·es, scar·a·bae·i [skar-uh-bee-ahy] /ˌskær əˈbi aɪ/.
  1. scarab(defs 2, 3).
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Origin of scarabaeus

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin; compare Greek kárabos kind of beetle
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Historical Examples of scarabaeus

  • It is an Egyptian scarabaeus, found, if you please, in a pyramid.


    Prosper Merimee

  • That is the reason the scarabaeus has no eyes, so the old ones say.

  • And as much may be said of the larva of Scarabaeus pentodon, a fellow-boarder of the Oryctes and the Cetonia.

    More Hunting Wasps

    J. Henri Fabre

  • The Scarabaeus was the insignium or the 'arms,' of a very distinguished and very rare patrician family.

  • The beetle, or Scarabaeus, is a symbol with this ancient people of "eternal duration."

British Dictionary definitions for scarabaeus


noun plural -baeuses or -baei (-ˈbiːaɪ)
  1. a less common name for scarab
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