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