Scarabee

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scarabee (Egyptian Archæology, Jewelry) A stylized representation of a scarab beetle carved in stone or faience, or made in baked clay, usually in a conventionalized form in which the beetle has its legs held closely at its sides, and commonly having an inscription on the flat underside; -- a symbol of resurrection, used by the ancient Egyptians as an ornament or a talisman, and in modern times used in jewelry, usually by engraving the formalized scarab design on cabuchon stones. Also used attributively; as, a scarab bracelet [a bracelet containing scarabs]; a ring with a scarabthe carved stone itelf.
    • Scarabee (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of lamellicorn beetles of the genus Scarabæus, or family Scarabæidæ, especially the sacred, or Egyptian, species (Scarabæus sacer, and Scarabæus Egyptiorum).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scarabee Same as scarab.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. scarabaeus,; cf. F. scarabée,

Usage

In literature:

SCARABEE, n. The same as scarabaeus.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
I think, by way of compromise and convenience, I shall call him the Scarabee.
"The Poet at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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