ushabti

noun
ushab·​ti | \ (y)üˈshabtē \
variants: or less commonly shawabti \ shəˈwa-​ \
plural ushabti\ -​tē \ or ushabtis\ -​tēz \ or ushabtiu\ -​tēˌü \

Definition of ushabti

: a small figure deposited in an ancient Egyptian tomb with the mummy generally bearing inscriptions from the Book of the Dead and representing servants expected to do certain agricultural labors required of the deceased in the land of the dead

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History and Etymology for ushabti

Egyptian wšbty, literally, answerer

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“Ushabti.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ushabti. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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