Definition of scarab
1 : any of a family (Scarabaeidae) of stout-bodied beetles (such as a dung beetle) with lamellate or fan-shaped antennae
2 : a stone or faience beetle used in ancient Egypt as a talisman, ornament, and a symbol of resurrection
Recent Examples of scarab from the Web
Sofia Boutella brings a gorgeous intensity to her role, and there’s none of the scarab-chewing grossness of Arnold Vosloo’s mummy in 1999, or the looming menace of Karloff, or the grodily flaking flesh of Christopher Lee in 1959.
The mummy creates scary chaos by controlling sand, wind and swarming scarabs.
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Origin and Etymology of scarab
Middle French scarabee, from Latin scarabaeus
First Known Use: 1579See Words from the same year
SCARAB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scarab for English Language Learners
: a large beetle with a black shell
SCARAB Defined for Kids
Definition of scarab for Students
: a large dark beetle used in ancient Egypt as a symbol of eternal life
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