- Also Sarapis. a Greco-Egyptian deity combining the attributes of Osiris and Apis, identified in Egypt with the Ptolemies: later worshiped throughout the Greek and Roman empires.
- (italics) the British man-of-war captured by John Paul Jones in 1779.
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Examples from the Web for serapis
The authority of Serapis was no less exalted, and his field no less extensive.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
The Baltic convoy was protected by the Serapis and the Scarborough.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
Rollo next directed the coachman to drive to the Temple of Serapis.Rollo in Naples
Both vessels were on fire, when, at half-past ten, the Serapis struck.
The stranger then fired a gun, on which the Serapis gave her her broadsides.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves
- a Graeco-Egyptian god combining attributes of Apis and Osiris
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Word Origin and History for serapis
god of the lower world, from Latin, from Greek Serapis, earlier Sarapis, from Egyptian User-hapi, literally "Osiris-Apis."
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