scarab

[skar-uhb]
noun
1.
any scarabaeid beetle, especially Scarabaeus sacer, regarded as sacred by the ancient Egyptians.
2.
a representation or image of a beetle, much used among the ancient Egyptians as a symbol, seal, amulet, or the like.
3.
a gem cut to resemble a beetle.
Also, scarabaeus (for defs 2, 3).


Origin:
1570–80; short for scarabaeus

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scarab (ˈskærəb)
 
n
1.  any scarabaeid beetle, esp Scarabaeus sacer (sacred scarab), regarded by the ancient Egyptians as divine
2.  the scarab as represented on amulets, etc, of ancient Egypt, or in hieroglyphics as a symbol of the solar deity
 
[C16: from Latin scarabaeus; probably related to Greek karabos horned beetle]

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scarab
"black dung beetle," held sacred by the ancient Egyptians, 1579, from M.Fr. scarabeé, from L. scarabæus "a type of beetle," from Gk. karabos "beetle, crayfish," a foreign word, probably Macedonian (the suffix -bos is non-Greek).
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Manticores small creatures that look like scarabs when folded up.
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