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[skar-uh b] /ˈskær əb/
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
1570-80; short for scarabaeus Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scarab
  • Here, above the hands, you'll find images of a winged scarab and a sun disk.
  • The larval stages of scarab beetles are often referred to as white grubs.
  • At present, the only effective control for scarab beetles is the use of synthetic insecticides.
  • He is rejuvenated each day in the form of the scarab beetle.
British Dictionary definitions for scarab


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

"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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