Definition of scarabaeid in English:

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scarabaeid

Pronunciation: /ˌskerəˈbēid/
Entomology

adjective

Relating to the Scarabaeidae family of beetles.

noun

A beetle of the scarabaeid family, typically having strong spiky forelegs for burrowing.
Example sentences
  • The preferred diet consists of ant pupae, sawfly larvae, beetles, scarabaeids, longicorn beetle larvae, and the larvae of cossid moths.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Scarabaeidae (plural), from Latin scarabaeus (see scarab).

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Syllabification: scar·a·bae·id

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