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n. pl. scar·a·bae·us·es or scar·a·bae·i (-bē′ī′)
See scarab.

[Latin; see scarab.]
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n, pl -baeuses or -baei (-ˈbiːaɪ)
(Animals) a less common name for scarab
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(ˈskær əb)

1. any scarabaeid beetle, esp. Scarabaeus sacer.
2. Also, scarabaeus. a representation or image of a beetle, much used among the ancient Egyptians as a symbol, seal, or amulet.
[1570–80; short for scarabaeus]
scar′a•boid`, adj.
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Noun1.scarabaeus - scarabaeid beetle considered divine by ancient Egyptiansscarabaeus - scarabaeid beetle considered divine by ancient Egyptians
dung beetle - any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggs
genus Scarabaeus - type genus of the Scarabaeidae
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References in classic literature ?
The spot where we discovered the scarabaeus was on the coast of the main land, about a mile eastward of the island, and but a short distance above high water mark.
Around the neck thus ensheathed, was a collar of cylindrical glass beads, diverse in color, and so arranged as to form images of deities, of the scarabaeus, etc, with the winged globe.
Now, as it is my good fortune to be of the blood of the Scarabaeus, I was embalmed alive, as you see me at present."
"The blood of the Scarabaeus!" exclaimed Doctor Ponnonner.
The Scarabaeus was the insignium or the 'arms,' of a very distinguished and very rare patrician family.
Gliddon, very meekly, "that the Scarabaeus was one of the Egyptian gods."
The Scarabaeus, the Ibis, etc., were with us (as similar creatures have been with others) the symbols, or media, through which we offered worship to the Creator too august to be more directly approached."
"It is not improbable, then, from what you have explained," said he, "that among the catacombs near the Nile there may exist other mummies of the Scarabaeus tribe, in a condition of vitality?"
I lost some of the specimens, but those which I preserved belonged to the genera Colymbetes, Hydroporus, Hydrobius (two species), Notaphus, Cynucus, Adimonia, and Scarabaeus. At first I thought that these insects had been blown from the shore; but upon reflecting that out of the eight species four were aquatic, and two others partly so in their habits, it appeared to me most probable that they were floated into the sea by a small stream which drains a lake near Cape Corrientes.
One study showed that ingestion of low doses of IVM by Scarabaeus cicatricosus notably decreased antenna sensory capacity and caused motor difficulties, thus affecting foraging and reproductive functions (Verdu et al., 2015).
This dominance of large individuals reflects the consumption of Tenebrionidae and Scarabeidae species containing Blaps, Oniticellus, Pachydema, Phyllognatus, Rhizotrogus, Scaurus and Scarabaeus.
A total of 38 species of Aphodiinae (38 individuals, 9 species) and Scarabaeinae (213 individuals, 29 species) subfamilies were collected belonging to Aphodiinae Acrossus, Aphodius, Biralus, Chilothorax, Colobopterus, Eudolus, Melinopterus, Nimbus and Otophorus genera, and Caccobius, Cheironitis, Copris, Euoniticellus, Euonthophagus, Gymnopleurus, Onitis, Onthophagus, Scarabaeus and Sisyphus Scarabaeinae genera.