from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of ground beetles, including numerous species. They devour many injurious insects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Carabinæ, now restricted to species of medium or large size and handsome coloration, having the third antennal joint cylindrical, the labrum not furcate, the mandibles with no external setigerous puncture, the posterior coxæ contiguous, and the anterior coxal cavities open behind.
- n. [lowercase] A member of this genus, or of the family Carabidæ.
- n. [l. c] A caravel.
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After the same fashion the carabus or stag-beetle comes from grubs that live in dry wood: at first the grub is motionless, but after a while the shell bursts and the stag-beetle issues forth.
Among his Malacostraca he compares point by point the external parts of the carabus (_Palinurus_), and the astacus (_Homarus_), and he compares also the general internal anatomy of the various "genera" he distinguishes.
"What is the use of having forty-four feet," he cried, "if the centipede can not get on faster than a _carabus_, which only has six?"