scar·​ab | \ ˈsker-əb How to pronounce scarab (audio) , ˈska-rəb \

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

Examples of scarab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cobra Kai's Xolo Maridueña plays Jamie Reyes, an ordinary teenager who discovers the Blue Beetle scarab, which gives him a suit of extraterrestrial armor that, in turn, gives him super-speed and super-strength and the ability to create weapons. Andrea Towers,, 15 Apr. 2022 This would all be complicated enough as these parties work to figure all of this out, but Hawke's character—a cult leader type, and possible god Avatar himself named Arthur Harrow—is trying to steal a scarab that's in Steven/Marc's possession. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 30 Mar. 2022 Some of the most impressive pieces that Weathers owns and occasionally sets into bespoke or retail jewels include iridescent scarab beetles that radiate vibrant colors that change according to the ambient light. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Even so, each image seemed to inspire new expressions of Tutmania: jazz songs and scarab jewelry, magic shows and mummy films, gloves decorated with hieroglyphs and cigarette cases covered in cartouches. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 The ring finds the Green Lantern, a scarab attaches to the Blue Beetle’s back. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Feb. 2022 Federico Luppi plays an antiques dealer who finds a scarab that leads him into a nightmare. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 The queen wore a scarab brooch that had been a gift from her late husband, Prince Philip, a former high-ranking naval officer who died last month at age 99. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Archaeologists are fortunate to have many scarab amulets produced during Amenhotep’s reign to commemorate special events. National Geographic, 17 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of scarab

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scarab

Middle French scarabee, from Latin scarabaeus

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20 Apr 2022

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scar·​ab | \ ˈska-rəb How to pronounce scarab (audio) \

Kids Definition of scarab

: a large dark beetle used in ancient Egypt as a symbol of eternal life

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