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scarab

[ skar-uhb ]
/ 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.
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Also scarabaeus (for defs. 2, 3).

Origin of scarab

First recorded in 1570–80; short for scarabaeus
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British Dictionary definitions for scarab

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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