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scarab

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

Scarab

 

a representation of a scarabaeus (a type of beetle) carved from stone. In ancient Egypt scarabs served as talismans, amulets, and ornaments.

scarab

dung-beetle; said to carry secret of eternal life. [Egyptian Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 967]

scarab

symbol for Ra, sun-god; reborn each day. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 180]
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Bruce Gill kindly assisted with identification of the scarabs, based on photographs of live specimens.
It is believed that the ability to both see and reflect CP light probably evolved to allow jewel scarabs to communicate with each other while staying hidden from predators, but Brady and Cummings are planning more research to see exactly how these beetles use this very rare way of seeing and being seen.
Join Justin and Adam as they evade their captors and unravel the secrets of the Scarab King.
Her source material consists of series of excavated and already published scarabs from Egyptian and Levantine deposits.
At the Karnak temple, the moms ferried 10 sheep and goats across the Nile, then Ruiz had to search for a carved scarab in a simulated archaeological dig.
Today, you can still buy scarabs on cuff-links, brooches, pins and rings.
The branch motif is not one used on Egyptian scarabs; scarabs with this symbol seem to appear only at Egyptian sites, such as Tell el-Yahudiyah and Tell Maskhuta with their obvious Asiatic connections.
ILM used Maya particles and the Maya dynamic fields to move the scarabs around and animate them in a realistic manner.
Six sites are discussed in detail and placed in their greater context of the era and geographic location; specialist chapter topics include reports on the Roman and Late Roman fine wares, the stamped amphora handles, coins, Late Ottoman pipes, scarabs and scaraboids, and shells.
Inside are more than three dozen special effects, 200 props from the movie, some creeping scarabs, a few scorpions and a giant cobra.
In ancient Egypt, dung-rolling scarabs were representative of the invisible forces that moved the sun across the sky in a geocentric universe.
This is the fourth and final volume in a very productive series of essays on the subject of scarabs and related objects.