from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See Scarabæus.
  • noun The curve 4(x + y + 2ax)(x + y) = b(xy).


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  • I think, you know, it is a descendant of the Egyptian scarabeus, which is a very mysterious emblem.

    The Ladybird 2003

  • In emblem 169, entitled, "One ought to fear even the tiniest creatures" (A minimis quoque timendum), Alciati writes: "The beetle wages war and provokes his enemy of his own accord; even though inferior in strength he surpasses her in cunning" (Bella gerit scarabeus, et hostem provocat ultro, Robore et inferior, consilio superat). back

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro 2008

  • The cantharus or scarabeus rolls a piece of dung into a ball, lies hidden within it during the winter, and gives birth therein to small grubs, from which grubs come new canthari.

    The History of Animals 2002

  • Sacred Egyptology tells us that the scarabeus requires to be

    Reincarnation A Study in Human Evolution Th. Pascal

  • "A scarab," he said -- "derived from the Latin scarabeus -- is literally a beetle."

    Something New 1928

  • A great Persian turquoise, her sole ornament, shaped like a scarabeus and engraved with talismanic characters, fastened her dress at the throat.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio 1900

  • But the Professor had again returned to examine the scarabeus, this time with a powerful magnifying glass.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume 1895

  • The Professor raised his eyes from a newly bought scarabeus to behold a stout little lady smiling on him from the doorway.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume 1895

  • But whatever might be her thoughts, she eyed Braddock as earnestly as Braddock eyed the scarabeus.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume 1895

  • She was better to look upon even than the beloved scarabeus, and he advanced to shake hands as though she had just entered the room.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume 1895


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