scarab

(redirected from sacred scarabs)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

scar·ab

 (skăr′əb)
n.
1. Any of numerous beetles of the family Scarabaeidae; a scarabaeid.
2. The scarabaeid beetle Scarabaeus sacer, regarded as sacred by the ancient Egyptians.
3. A representation of this beetle, such as a ceramic or stone sculpture or a cut gem, used in ancient Egypt as a talisman and a symbol of the soul. Also called scarabaeus.

[French scarabée, from Latin scarabaeus, from Greek kārabos, spiny lobster, longhorn beetle.]

scarab

(ˈskærəb)
n
1. (Animals) any scarabaeid beetle, esp Scarabaeus sacer (sacred scarab), regarded by the ancient Egyptians as divine
2. (Historical Terms) 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]

scar•ab

(ˈskær əb)

n.
1. any scarabaeid beetle, esp. Scarabaeus sacer.
2. Also, scarabaeus. a representation or image of a beetle, much used among the ancient Egyptians as a symbol, seal, or amulet.
[1570–80; short for scarabaeus]
scar′a•boid`, adj.

scar·ab

(skăr′əb)
Any of several often large beetles with broad black bodies that feed off of dung in which they also lay their eggs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scarab - scarabaeid beetle considered divine by ancient Egyptiansscarab - scarabaeid beetle considered divine by ancient Egyptians
dung beetle - any of numerous beetles that roll balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay eggs
genus Scarabaeus - type genus of the Scarabaeidae
Translations
pillerinpyörittäjäskarabee

scarab

[ˈskærəb] Nescarabajo m

scarab

nSkarabäus m