plural noun Scar·a·bae·i·dae \-ēəˌdē\

Definition of Scarabaeidae

  1. :  a family of stout-bodied lamellicorn beetles now usually restricted to beetles (as the tumblebugs or scarabaeus) of subsocial habits that feed on dung but sometimes especially formerly extended to include the plant-feeding rhinoceros beetles, flower beetles, leaf chafers and others that are usually placed in separate families — compare cetoniidae, dung beetle, melolonthidae, rutelinidae

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Origin and Etymology of scarabaeidae

New Latin, from Scarabaeus, type genus + -idae

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to cast off or become cast off

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