Definition of ark in English:

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Pronunciation: /ärk/


1 (the ark) (In the Bible) the ship built by Noah to save his family and two of every kind of animal from the Flood; Noah’s ark.
1.1A vessel or sanctuary that serves as protection against extinction: a starship ark built by their android protectors
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  • Then we will escape the sun on mighty space arks and spread our glorious species throughout the galaxy!
  • With the earlier naturalization of the shad, and later addition of the striped bass, the second aquarium car was a sort of piscine ark.
  • A Cornish claypit has been transformed into an Eden where over 4,000 species of plants from all over the world flourish under a series of great domes, creating a kind of botanical ark.
1.2 archaic A chest or box: the ark was of Italian walnut
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  • All traces of the ark, the sacred chest that Moses had built by divine instruction to safeguard the tablets of the law, were lost after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem in 587 BC.
  • They take much more folding and manipulating than the broadsheets used to when used to line the bottom of the hens' ark.
  • As previously mentioned we've decided to buy a bigger Forsham ark to accommodate our planned additional hens.
1.3A large, flat-bottomed boat.
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  • So many of the chapters offer versions of the ark, boats built for human survival against the storms of God and/or nature.
  • And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
  • Irving Berlin sailed in his beloved ark to the age of 101.
2.1 (also Holy Ark) A chest or cupboard housing the Torah scrolls in a synagogue.
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  • Surprisingly, similar domes were found on the two Holy Arks in Livorno on the western coast of Italy.
  • The woodwork of the Aron Hakodesh, the Holy Ark in which the Torah is stored, is original.
  • The bold phrase from the Psalms stands in relief over most Holy Arks in the synagogues.
3 (also ark shell) A widely distributed bivalve mollusk that typically attaches itself to rocks with byssus threads.
  • Order Arcoidea: Arca and other genera.
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  • Our primary goals are to characterize patterns of morphological variation within and between geminate arks and evaluate the utility of shell shape for distinguishing between recent geminate species.
  • The oldest records about ark shells are found in Fishery Production List of 1814.
  • More than seven species of the Ark shells are found in the Galveston Bay region.


Old English ærc, from Latin arca 'chest'.

  • Aerc was the Old English word for a chest, from Latin arca ‘a chest or box’. This developed into ark, as in the Ark of the Covenant, the wooden chest in which the tablets of the laws of the ancient Israelites were kept, and the Holy Ark in a synagogue, a chest, or cupboard which contained the scrolls of the Torah or Hebrew scriptures. A ship may be thought of as a floating container, hence Noah's Ark, the vessel built by Noah to escape the Flood. The Latin word is also the source of arcane (mid 16th century), which describes something hidden, concealed, or secret, as if it were shut up in a box, which only a few people can open.

Words that rhyme with ark

arc, Bach, bark, barque, Braque, Clark, clerk, dark, embark, hark, impark, Iraq, Ladakh, Lamarck, lark, macaque, marc, mark, marque, narc, nark, Newark, park, quark, sark, shark, snark, spark, stark, Vlach

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