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Apis(ā`pĭs), in Egyptian religion, sacred bull of Memphis, said to be the incarnation of Osiris or of Ptah. His worship spread throughout the Mediterranean world and was particularly important during the time of the Roman Empire. See also SerapisSerapis
, Egyptian god whose devotees united the worship of the Apis bull and the god Osiris. His cult, which originated at Memphis, rose to its greatest significance at Alexandria during the reign of Ptolemy I.
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A genus of bees, the type genus of the Apidae.
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bull of Memphis, created in Osiris’ image. [Egypt. Myth.: Benét, 41]
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