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  1. 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.
  2. (italics) the British man-of-war captured by John Paul Jones in 1779.
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Historical Examples of serapis

  • The authority of Serapis was no less exalted, and his field no less extensive.

    The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism

    Franz Cumont

  • The Baltic convoy was protected by the Serapis and the Scarborough.

  • Rollo next directed the coachman to drive to the Temple of Serapis.

    Rollo in Naples

    Jacob Abbott

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for serapis


  1. 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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