Scarab Definition

skărəb
scarabs
noun
scarabs
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.
Webster's New World
The black, winged dung beetle (Scarabaeus sacer) held sacred by the ancient Egyptians.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Scarabaeus sacerscarabaeus

Other Word Forms of Scarab

Noun

Singular:
scarab
Plural:
scarabs

Origin of Scarab

  • From Middle French scarabée, from Latin scarabaeus (“beetle"), from Ancient Greek κάραβος (karabos, “beetle").

    From Wiktionary

  • French scarabée from Latin scarabaeus from Greek kārabos spiny lobster, longhorn beetle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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