Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Resembling a scarab; of the nature of a scarab.
  • noun In entomology, a scarabæoid beetle.
  • noun An ornament, amulet, etc., resembling a scarab, but not complete as to all its parts, or otherwise differing from a true scarab; also, an imitation scarab, as one of Phenician or Greek origin, as distinguished from a true or Egyptian scarab.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A scaraboid beetle.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the family Scarabæidæ, an extensive group which includes the Egyptian scarab, the tumbledung, and many similar lamellicorn beetles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective zoology Of or pertaining to the family Scarabaeidae, an extensive group which includes the Egyptian scarab, the tumbledung, and many similar lamellicorn beetles.
  • noun zoology Any scaraboid beetle.

Etymologies

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scarab +‎ -oid

Examples

  • The man who has spent his life like a scaraboid beetle rolling up money, without due regard for the common virtues of life, has not left

    A Fleece of Gold; Five Lessons from the Fable of Jason and the Golden Fleece

  • Graeco-Persian chalcedony scaraboid seal, produced at a time when the ancient Greek and Persian worlds were linked in war and politics.

    Home | The New York Observer

  • However, this fine gem represents the classic Graeco-Persian style of engraving, with typical convex-backed scaraboid shape and using the preferred semi-precious stone of the time - blue chalcedony.

    Home | The New York Observer

  • Graeco-Persian chalcedony scaraboid seal, produced at a time when the ancient Greek and Persian worlds were linked in war and politics.

    Home | The New York Observer

  • However, this fine gem represents the classic Graeco-Persian style of engraving, with typical convex-backed scaraboid shape and using the preferred semi-precious stone of the time - blue chalcedony.

    Home | The New York Observer

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