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Meaning of Serapis

Se•ra•pis

Pronunciation: (si-rā'pis), [key]
— n.
  1. a Greco-Egyptian deity combining the attributes of Osiris and Apis, identified in Egypt with the Ptolemies: later worshiped throughout the Greek and Roman empires.
  2. (italics) the British man-of-war captured by John Paul Jones in 1779.
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