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- n. Plural form of cantharus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of cantharus.
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When the chandeliers were fed with oil they were usually called canthari, when they held candles they went by the name of phari, although frequently these words were applied indiscriminately to either.
The cantharus or scarabeus rolls a piece of dung into a ball, lies hidden within it during the winter, and gives birth therein to small grubs, from which grubs come new canthari.