1. [syn: scarab, scarabaeus, Scarabaeus sacer]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Scarab \Scar"ab\, Scarabee \Scar"a*bee\, n. [L. scarabaeus; cf.
1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of lamellicorn beetles
of the genus Scarabaeus, or family Scarabaeidae,
especially the sacred, or Egyptian, species (Scarabaeus
sacer, and Scarabaeus Egyptiorum).
2. (Egyptian Archaeology, Jewelry) A stylized representation
of a scarab beetle carved in stone or faience, or made in
baked clay, usually in a conventionalized form in which
the beetle has its legs held closely at its sides, and
commonly having an inscription on the flat underside; -- a
symbol of resurrection, used by the ancient Egyptians as
an ornament or a talisman, and in modern times used in
jewelry, usually by engraving the formalized scarab design
on cabuchon stones. Also used attributively; as, a scarab
bracelet [a bracelet containing scarabs]; a ring with a
scarab [the carved stone itelf].
[1913 Webster +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: scarabaeid beetle considered divine by ancient Egyptians
[syn: scarab, scarabaeus, Scarabaeus sacer]