scarab


Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to scarab: Scarab beetle

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Daughter Terriann, 22, said: "My dad was a council worker for 22 years and he loved his Scarab, as he always called it."
If you don't know your Scarabs from your Sphinx, or your Hieroglyphics from your Horus, then the new LEGO' Pharaoh's Quest will take you on a journey through a mythical myriad of ancient prophecies, legends and curses.
Researchers from the University of Texas, the jewel scarab species Chrysina gloriosa can distinguish between circularly polarized and unpolarized light.
"The Great Scarab Scam" follows Lydia Hartley as she embarks on her dream of following her archeologist father onto the field during a trip to Egypt.
Conclusion I was really impressed with Scarab at Kempton, where he looked the moral winner, and I fully expect him to gain compensation.
Operation Scarab saw speed cameras set up on main roads in the area on June 25 and drivers stopped and "advised" by police about their driving.
One of the best elements is the presence of a robotic companion called the Scarab, which aids with combat and helps you to create extra ammunition and health packs on the move.
A glimpse of an Egyptian scarab closes the video.--B.H.
I would pray to a blue scarab inlaid in lapis lazuli
Stockton Council's enforcement unit joined forces with special constabulary officers, community wardens and Norton community police team for Operation Scarab.
But, instead of a ring, she reportedly bought a vintage scarab and diamond chain.
Yet an impulse to recreate these miraculous yet infuriating creatures has obsessed jewellery makers and designers down the centuries from the scarab ornaments of Ancient Egypt down to the diamond butterflies which are still being made today.