- any scarabaeid beetle, especially Scarabaeus sacer, regarded as sacred by the ancient Egyptians.
- a representation or image of a beetle, much used among the ancient Egyptians as a symbol, seal, amulet, or the like.
- a gem cut to resemble a beetle.
Origin of scarab
Examples from the Web for scarab
This scarab was in a ring on the finger of the mummy of a woman.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
The scarab Madge knew to be a beetle sacred to the Egyptians.Madge Morton's Secret
Amy D. V. Chalmers
Into the glisten of a scarab is polished the prophecy of a life.Special Messenger
Robert W. Chambers
This scarab is a poor thing, give it back to me and you shall have a better.Moon of Israel
H. Rider Haggard
After the Christian era the influence of cult of the scarab was still felt.Scarabs
- any scarabaeid beetle, esp Scarabaeus sacer (sacred scarab), regarded by the ancient Egyptians as divine
- the scarab as represented on amulets, etc, of ancient Egypt, or in hieroglyphics as a symbol of the solar deity
Word Origin and History for scarab
"black dung beetle," held sacred by the ancient Egyptians, 1570s, from Middle French scarabeé, from Latin scarabaeus, name of a type of beetle, from Greek karabos "beetle, crayfish," a foreign word, according to Klein probably Macedonian (the suffix -bos is non-Greek). Related: Scarabaean. In ancient use, also a gem cut in a shape like a scarab beetle and with an inscription on the underside.