American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Resembling or characteristic of a scarabaeid beetle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling a scarab; of the nature of a scarab.
- n. In entomology, a scarabæoid beetle.
- n. An ornament, amulet, etc., resembling a scarab, but not complete as to all its parts, or otherwise differing from a true scarab; also, an imitation scarab, as one of Phenician or Greek origin, as distinguished from a true or Egyptian scarab.
- adj. zoology Of or pertaining to the family Scarabaeidae, an extensive group which includes the Egyptian scarab, the tumbledung, and many similar lamellicorn beetles.
- n. zoology Any scaraboid beetle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the family
Scarabæidæ, an extensive group which includes the Egyptian scarab, the tumbledung, and many similar lamellicorn beetles.
- n. (Zoöl.) A scaraboid beetle.
- scarab + -oid (Wiktionary)
“The man who has spent his life like a scaraboid beetle rolling up money, without due regard for the common virtues of life, has not left”
“Graeco-Persian chalcedony scaraboid seal, produced at a time when the ancient Greek and Persian worlds were linked in war and politics.”
“However, this fine gem represents the classic Graeco-Persian style of engraving, with typical convex-backed scaraboid shape and using the preferred semi-precious stone of the time - blue chalcedony.”
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