- any of a large family (Scarabaeidae) of mostly stout-bodied, often brilliantly colored beetles with lamellicorn antennae, including the June bugs, cockchafers, and dung beetles
- the black, winged dung beetle (Scarabaeus sacer) held sacred by the ancient Egyptians
- an image of this beetle, cut from a stone or gem, often engraved with religious or historical inscriptions on the flat underside and, formerly, esp. in ancient Egypt, worn as a charm or used as a seal
Origin: Fr scarabée < L scarabaeus, altered < ? Gr karabos, a horned beetle, crayfish
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- A scarabaeid beetle, especially Scarabaeus sacer, regarded as sacred by the ancient Egyptians.
- 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.
Origin: French scarabée, from Latin scarabaeus, from Greek karabos, crab, beetle.