shawabti

[ shuh-wab-tee ]
/ ʃəˈwæb ti /

noun

a figurine placed in an ancient Egyptian tomb to serve as a slave for the soul or as a substitute for the soul in performing forced labor.

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Origin of shawabti

1920–25; < Egyptian šwʾbt(y), later known as wšbty literally, answerer; perhaps derivative of šw'b kind of wood
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