American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See scarab.
- Latin; see scarab. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They were of all kinds, — gray, black, white, scarabaeus-colored: some were shot with gold, some spangled, some chined; some were double-breasted and crossed like a shawl, others were straight in the collar; some had turned-over collars, some buttoned up to the top with gilt buttons.”
“It was a beautiful scarabaeus, and, at that time, unknown to naturalists — of course a great prize in a scientific point of view.”
“Nothing should tempt me to part with that scarabaeus.”
“The scarabaeus hung quite clear of any branches, and, if allowed to fall, would have fallen at our feet.”
“For my own part, I had charge of a couple of dark lanterns, while Legrand contented himself with the scarabaeus, which he carried attached to the end of a bit of whip-cord; twirling it to and fro, with the air of a conjuror, as he went.”
“He had found an unknown bivalve, forming a new genus, and, more than this, he had hunted down and secured, with Jupiter's assistance, a scarabaeus which he believed to be totally new, but in respect to which he wished to have my opinion on the morrow.”
“I said, after contemplating it for some minutes, "this is a strange scarabaeus, I must confess: new to me: never saw anything like it before — unless it was a skull, or a death's-head — which it more nearly resembles than anything else that has come under my observation.”
“After some inquiries respecting his health, I asked him, not knowing what better to say, if he had yet obtained the scarabaeus from”
“I began distinctly, positively, to remember that there had been no drawing on the parchment when I made my sketch of the scarabaeus.”
“The spot where we discovered the scarabaeus was on the coast of the main land, about a mile eastward of the island, and but a short distance above high water mark.”
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