Definition of scarabaeid in English:

scarabaeid

Syllabification: scar·a·bae·id
Pronunciation: /ˌskarəˈbē-id
 
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Entomology

adjective

  • Relating to the Scarabaeidae family of beetles.

noun

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  • A beetle of the scarabaeid family, typically having strong spiky forelegs for burrowing.
    More 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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