Definition of Canopic jar in English:

Canopic jar

Syllabification: Ca·no·pic jar
Pronunciation: /kəˈnōpik, -ˈnäpik
(also Canopic vase)


A covered urn used in ancient Egyptian burials to hold the entrails from an embalmed body.
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  • In another little room there's the shrine which contains the Canopic vases and here are the four guardian figures of girls which Professor Breasted told me were masterpieces of art.
  • The heads of the Canopic jars represent the four sons of Horus.
  • The very rare and precious inheritance of the Museum consists in relief cippi, bucaros, Canopic vases and inscriptions.


late 19th century: Canopic from Latin Canopicus, from Canopus, the name of a town in ancient Egypt.

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