Definition of ankh in English:

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ankh

Pronunciation: /aŋk/

noun

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An object or design resembling a cross but having a loop instead of the top arm, used in ancient Egypt as a symbol of life.
Example sentences
  • The ankh, the Egyptian symbol for eternal life, is very similar to that of the cross revered by Christians (especially in the form of the Coptic cross), itself also a symbol for eternal life.
  • The ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol carried around by the Egyptian gods, normally signifying the ability to give or take life.
  • Under the left eye, there appeared to be a small ankh, Egyptian symbol for eternal life, which was also colored black.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Egyptian, literally 'life, soul'.

Words that rhyme with ankh

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