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ankus

Pronunciation: /ˈaŋkəs/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

Indian
A goad for elephants.
Example sentences
  • Bessie has white circular inactive ankus scars under her chin, on the neck, and dorsal areas.
  • Ort-Mabry, the spokeswoman for Ringling, insisted that the ankus is a time-tested and appropriate training tool.
  • The ankus is sometimes used for beating; it is always used to assert dominance and the threat of punishment.

Origin

Via Hindi from Sanskrit aṅkuśa.

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