scarab

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noun scar·ab \ˈska-rəb\

Definition of scarab

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Scarabaeidae) of stout-bodied beetles (such as a dung beetle) with lamellate or fan-shaped antennae

  2. 2 :  a stone or faience beetle used in ancient Egypt as a talisman, ornament, and a symbol of resurrection

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Origin and Etymology of scarab

Middle French scarabee, from Latin scarabaeus

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SCARAB Defined for English Language Learners

scarab

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Definition of scarab for English Language Learners

  • : a large beetle with a black shell


SCARAB Defined for Kids

scarab

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noun scar·ab \ˈska-rəb\

Definition of scarab for Students

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



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