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1. any scarabaeid beetle, esp Scarabaeus sacer (sacred scarab), regarded by the ancient Egyptians as divine
2. the scarab as represented on amulets, etc., of ancient Egypt, or in hieroglyphics as a symbol of the solar deity
a representation of a scarabaeus (a type of beetle) carved from stone. In ancient Egypt scarabs served as talismans, amulets, and ornaments.
dung-beetle; said to carry secret of eternal life. [Egyptian Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 967]
symbol for Ra, sun-god; reborn each day. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 180]