American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various beetles of the family Scarabaeidae that form balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay their eggs.
- n. A type of beetle of the family Scarabaeidae noted for rolling dung into spherical balls and pushing it.
- n. any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggs
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“About six inches in diameter, the amulet was a golden heart-shaped scarab, a dung beetle that, the sign said, ancient Egyptians used to symbolize rebirth.”
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"n. Any insect belonging to the order Coleoptera (which see). Sometimes, however, the term is used in a more restricted sense, as equivalent in the plural to Scarabœidœ, a tribe of this order embra...
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