Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous stout-bodied often colorful scarabaeoid beetles of the family Scarabaeidae, which includes the dung beetles and the June beetles.

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  • noun zoology, entomology Any lamellicorn beetle of the family Scarabaeidae (which includes stag- and dung-beetles).

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  • noun any of numerous species of stout-bodied beetles having heads with horny spikes

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Scarabaeidae, family name, from Scarabaeus, type genus, from Latin scarabaeus, beetle; see scarab.]

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From Ancient Greek κάραβος (karabos, "horned beetle"), via Latin scarabaeus.

Examples

  • The invertebrate fauna of the sandy deserts is especially rich, represented by species such as grasshoppers, darkling beetles, scarabaeid beetles, butterflies, termites and ants.

    Central Asian northern desert

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