AskDefine | Define scarab

Dictionary Definition

scarab n : scarabaeid beetle considered divine by ancient Egyptians [syn: scarabaeus, Scarabaeus sacer]

User Contributed Dictionary



From scarabeé, from scarabaeus, from κάραβος.


  1. A type of beetle belonging to the family Scarabaeidae, especially the species Scarabaeus sacer, sacred to the ancient Egyptians.
  2. A symbol, seal, amulet, or gem fashioned to resemble the sacred beetle.

Derived terms


  • Finnish: pillerinpyörittäjä
  • Russian: скарабей
  • Finnish: skarabee

Extensive Definition

Scarab beetle may refer to:
  • A beetle of the family Scarabaeidae
  • A dung beetle, especially the Scarabaeus sacer worshipped by the ancient Egyptians as an embodiment of the god Khepri (an amulet made by that people in the shape of the species is also called a scarab)
Scarab may refer to:
scarab in Italian: Scarabeo
scarab in Dutch: Scarabee
scarab in Norwegian: Skarabé

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amulet, charm, fetish, fylfot, gammadion, good-luck charm, hoodoo, juju, love charm, lucky bean, lucky piece, madstone, mascot, mumbo jumbo, obeah, periapt, philter, phylactery, scarabaeus, scarabee, sudarium, swastika, talisman, veronica, voodoo, whammy
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