A scarabaeid beetle, especially Scarabaeus sacer, regarded as sacred by the ancient Egyptians.
A representation of this beetle, such as a ceramic or stone sculpture or a cut gem, used in ancient Egypt as a talisman and a symbol of the soul. Also called scarabaeus.
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