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Beetle giving a sailor a bit of a scare! (6)

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I believe the answer is:

scarab

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Here is my best explanation:

'beetle' is the definition.

(scarab is a kind of beetle)

I can't explain the remainder of the clue.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for scarab that I've seen before include "Sacred Egyptian beetle", "crawler", "Beetle regarded as divine by ancient Egyptians", "Ancient Egyptian symbol", "Sacred beetle to ancient Egyptians", "Egypt sacred beetle", "Dung-beetle", "insect", "Beetle revered by ancient Egyptians" and "Large dark beetle".)

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