scarabaeid

scarabaeid

[skar-uh-bee-id]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Scarabaeidae, a family of lamellicorn beetles, including the scarabs, dung beetles, June bugs, and cockchafers.
noun
2.
any scarabaeid beetle.
Also, scarabaean.


Origin:
1835–45; < Neo-Latin scarabaeidae. See scarabaeus, -id2

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scarabaeid or scarabaean (ˌskærəˈbiːɪd, ˌskærəˈbiːən)
 
n
1.  any beetle of the family Scarabaeidae, including the sacred scarab and other dung beetles, the chafers, goliath beetles, and rhinoceros beetles
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the family Scarabaeidae
 
[C19: from New Latin]
 
scarabaean or scarabaean
 
n
 
adj
 
[C19: from New Latin]

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