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scarabaeid Syllabification: scar·a·bae·id
Pronunciation: /ˌskerəˈbēid/

Definition of scarabaeid in English:


Relating to the Scarabaeidae family of beetles.


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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.


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

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