Definition of scarab in English:

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scarab

Pronunciation: /ˈskerəb/

noun

(also scarab beetle or sacred scarab)
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1A large dung beetle of the eastern Mediterranean area, regarded as sacred in ancient Egypt.
Example sentences
  • The scarabs appeared to have left the area, but there was no telling when they would return.
  • For the moment, the scarabs were lost from sight.
  • The wife of King Albert, Queen Paola, commissioned Fabre, who used the jewel-like shells of scarabs culled from the Far East.
1.1An ancient Egyptian gem cut in the form of a scarab beetle, sometimes depicted with the wings spread, and engraved with hieroglyphs on the flat underside.
Example sentences
  • The most common Egyptian amulet was the scarab, made in the form of a sacred beetle, and this design continued to be used in early Greek and Etruscan work.
  • They included an Egyptian scarab whose hieroglyphics told how Amen Hotep III of the 18th dynasty shot 102 fierce lions with his own bow.
  • You can get an ancient oil lamp for about $75 or so, or a multitude of Egyptian scarabs and Roman Fibulae for even less, or coins of the ancient world from $20 and up.

Origin

Late 16th century (originally denoting a beetle of any kind): from Latin scarabaeus, from Greek skarabeios.

Words that rhyme with scarab

Arab, carob, Shatt al-Arab

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: scar·ab

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