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Related to scarab: Scarab beetle
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
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a representation of a scarabaeus (a type of beetle) carved from stone. In ancient Egypt scarabs served as talismans, amulets, and ornaments.
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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]
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