Entry from British & World English dictionary
A goad for elephants.
- 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.
Via Hindi from Sanskrit aṅkuśa.
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