• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Carabus kăr"ȧ*bŭs (Zoöl) A genus of ground beetles, including numerous species. They devour many injurious insects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carabus The typical genus of Carabinæ, now restricted to species of medium or large size and handsome coloration, having the third antennal joint cylindrical, the labrum not furcate, the mandibles with no external setigerous puncture, the posterior coxæ contiguous, and the anterior coxal cavities open behind. There are many species, especially in Europe, where the genus reaches its highest development. C. serratus is the commonest American species, ⅔ to ¾ of an inch long, black, with bluish edges of the prothorax and elytra, the latter being punctate.
    • n carabus [lowercase] A member of this genus, or of the family Carabidæ.
    • n carabus [l. c] A caravel.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. ka`rabos a horned beetle


In literature:

Consider the Carabus, or Ground-beetle, that fiery warrior among the insect people.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
It resembles a large black Carabus.
"Island Life" by Alfred Russel Wallace