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Meaning of scarab

scar•ab

Pronunciation: (skar'ub), [key]
— n.
  1. any scarabaeid beetle, esp. Scarabaeus sacer, regarded as sacred by the ancient Egyptians.
  2. a representation or image of a beetle, much used among the ancient Egyptians as a symbol, seal, amulet, or the like.
  3. a gem cut to resemble a beetle.
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