scarab

[ skar-uh b ]
/ ˈskær əb /
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noun

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.
Also scarabaeus (for defs 2, 3).

Origin of scarab

First recorded in 1570–80; short for scarabaeus
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scarab

/ (ˈskærəb) /

noun

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 for scarab

C16: from Latin scarabaeus; probably related to Greek karabos horned beetle
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Word Origin and History for scarab

scarab


n.

"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.

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