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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin; see scarab.]


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  • They were of all kinds, — gray, black, white, scarabaeus-colored: some were shot with gold, some spangled, some chined; some were double-breasted and crossed like a shawl, others were straight in the collar; some had turned-over collars, some buttoned up to the top with gilt buttons.

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  • For my own part, I had charge of a couple of dark lanterns, while Legrand contented himself with the scarabaeus, which he carried attached to the end of a bit of whip-cord; twirling it to and fro, with the air of a conjuror, as he went.

    The Gold-Bug

  • I began distinctly, positively, to remember that there had been no drawing on the parchment when I made my sketch of the scarabaeus.

    The Gold-Bug

  • The spot where we discovered the scarabaeus was on the coast of the main land, about a mile eastward of the island, and but a short distance above high water mark.

    The Gold-Bug

  • After some inquiries respecting his health, I asked him, not knowing what better to say, if he had yet obtained the scarabaeus from

    The Gold-Bug

  • The scarabaeus hung quite clear of any branches, and, if allowed to fall, would have fallen at our feet.

    The Gold-Bug

  • It was a beautiful scarabaeus, and, at that time, unknown to naturalists — of course a great prize in a scientific point of view.

    The Gold-Bug

  • He had found an unknown bivalve, forming a new genus, and, more than this, he had hunted down and secured, with Jupiter's assistance, a scarabaeus which he believed to be totally new, but in respect to which he wished to have my opinion on the morrow.

    The Gold-Bug

  • Nothing should tempt me to part with that scarabaeus.

    The Gold-Bug

  • I said, after contemplating it for some minutes, "this is a strange scarabaeus, I must confess: new to me: never saw anything like it before — unless it was a skull, or a death's-head — which it more nearly resembles than anything else that has come under my observation."

    The Gold-Bug


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