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A sacred bull of the ancient Egyptians, revered as an intermediary between Ptah and humans.

[Latin Āpis, from Greek, from Egyptian ḥp.]
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(Other Non-Christian Religions) (in ancient Egypt) a sacred bull worshipped at Memphis
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(ˈeɪ pɪs)

a sacred bull of ancient Egypt.
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Noun1.Apis - type genus of the Apidae: honeybeesApis - type genus of the Apidae: honeybees
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
Apidae, family Apidae - honeybees; carpenter bees; bumblebees
Apis mellifera, honeybee - social bee often domesticated for the honey it produces
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