Definition of scarabaeid in English:

scarabaeid

adjective

Entomology
  • Relating to the "Scarabaeidae" family of beetles.

noun

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

    • ‘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).

Pronunciation

scarabaeid

/ˌskɛrəˈbiɪd//ˌskerəˈbēid/