Definition of ankus in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈaŋkəs


A goad for elephants.
More 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.


via Hindi from Sanskrit aṅkuśa.

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