- any of a large family (Scarabaeidae) of mostly stout-bodied, often brilliantly colored beetles with antennae ending in flattened plates, 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 of scarabFrench scarabée ; from Classical Latin scarabaeus, altered ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Greek karabos, a horned beetle, crayfish
- Any of numerous beetles of the family Scarabaeidae; a scarabaeid.
- The scarabaeid beetle 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 of scarabFrench scarabée, from Latin scarabaeus, from Greek kārabos, spiny lobster, longhorn beetle.