Pronunciation: (skar'ub), [key]
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. Also,scarabaeus (for defs. 2, 3).
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