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

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

scar′a·bae′id adj.
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(ˌskærəˈbiːɪd) or


(Animals) any beetle of the family Scarabaeidae, including the sacred scarab and other dung beetles, the chafers, goliath beetles, and rhinoceros beetles
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the family Scarabaeidae
[C19: from New Latin]
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(ˌskær əˈbi ɪd)

also scar`a•bae′an,

1. any of numerous beetles of the family Scarabaeidae, characterized by stout, elongated bodies: includes the scarabs, June bugs, and cockchafers.
2. of or belonging to the family Scarabaeidae.
[1835–45; < New Latin Scarabaeidae. See scarabaeus, -id2]
scar`a•bae′oid, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scarabaeid - any of numerous species of stout-bodied beetles having heads with horny spikes
lamellicorn beetle - beetle having antennae with hard platelike terminal segments
family Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeidae - scarab or dung beetles
dung beetle - any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggs
June beetle, June bug, May beetle, May bug - any of various large usually brown North American leaf-eating beetles common in late spring; the larvae feed on roots of grasses etc.
Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica - small metallic green and brown beetle native to eastern Asia; serious plant pest in North America
Anomala orientalis, Asiatic beetle, Oriental beetle - introduced into United States from the Orient; larvae feed on roots of sugarcane and other grasses
rhinoceros beetle - any of various large chiefly tropical beetles having horns on the head; pest on coconuts
melolonthid beetle - any of various beetles of the family (or subfamily) Melolonthidae
Cetonia aurata, rose beetle, rose chafer - a common metallic green European beetle: larvae feed on plant roots and adults on leaves and flowers of e.g. roses
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