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

[Latin; see scarab.]


n, pl -baeuses or -baei (-ˈbiːaɪ)
(Animals) a less common name for scarab


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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.
He had found an unknown bivalve, forming a new genus, and, more than this, he had hunted down and secured, with Jupiter's assistance, a scarabæus which he believed to be totally new, but in respect to which he wished to have my opinion on the morrow.
I said, after contemplating it for some minutes, "this is a strange scarabæus, I must confess: new to me: never saw anything like it before - unless it was a skull, or a death's-head - which it more nearly resembles than anything else that has come under my observation.
But, my dear fellow, you are joking then," said I, "this is a very passable skull - indeed, I may say that it is a very excellent skull, according to the vulgar notions about such specimens of physiology - and your scarabæus must be the queerest scarabæus in the world if it resembles it.
After some inquiries respecting his health, I asked him, not knowing what better to say, if he had yet obtained the scarabæus from Lieutenant G --.
Nothing should tempt me to part with that scarabæus.
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 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.
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.