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Related to scarabaeus: Scarabaeus sacer
n. pl. scar·a·bae·us·es or scar·a·bae·i (-bē′ī′)
[Latin; see scarab.]
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n, pl -baeuses or -baei (-ˈbiːaɪ)
(Animals) a less common name for scarab
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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]
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|Noun||1.||scarabaeus - 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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