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[angk] /æŋk/
noun, Egyptian Art.
a tau cross with a loop at the top, used as a symbol of generation or enduring life.
Origin of ankh
First recorded in 1885-90, ankh is from the Egyptian word ʿnh̬ live; apparently at least partially homophonous with word for “sandal strap,” hence stylized picture of sandal strap became symbol for life Unabridged
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a tau cross with a loop on the top, symbolizing eternal life: often appearing in Egyptian personal names, such as Tutankhamen Also called ansate cross, crux ansata
Word Origin
from Egyptian `nh life, soul
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Word Origin and History for ankh

tau cross with an oval at the top, Egyptian symbol of life, 1873, from Egyptian ankh, literally "life, soul." Also known as crux ansata.

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