Definitions

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

  • noun Any of numerous often burrowing beetles of the superfamily Scarabaeoidea, having lamellate clubs at the tips of the antennae and usually stout bodies, and including the scarabaeid beetles and the stag beetles.

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  • adjective Describing any lamellicorn beetle of the family Scarabaeidae

Etymologies

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

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

Examples

  • Intricate space probes — encased in scarabaeoid shells, festooned with scopes and scanners, and driven by solar-powered cells and radio-isotope thermo-electric generators — are redefining the limits of human knowledge.

    A Space in Time

  • Intricate space probes — encased in scarabaeoid shells, festooned with scopes and scanners, and driven by solar-powered cells and radio-isotope thermo-electric generators — are redefining the limits of human knowledge.

    A Space in Time

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