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[ang-kuh s, uhng-kuh sh] /ˈæŋ kəs, ˈʌŋ kəʃ/
noun, plural ankus, ankuses.
an elephant goad of India with a spike and a hook at one end.
Origin of ankus
1885-90; < Hindi; akin to angle2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ankus
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  • I spoke to him, scratched his neck with the ankus, but he would not stop.

    Kari the Elephant

    Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • If thou wilt give me the ankus to take away, it is good hunting.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • It was plain to see that the elephant had felt the prick of the Mahout's ankus.

    Mount Music

    E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • Mowgli told him all his adventures from beginning to end, and Bagheera sniffed at the ankus between whiles.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • The ankus flew sparkling, and buried itself point down thirty yards away, between the trees.

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • On he came, amid a rising roar of approval, Speed in gorgeous robes perched on high, 295 ankus raised.

    The Maids of Paradise

    Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  • This time I had my ankus with me, so that in case he should run away again I could prick his neck and make him behave.

    Kari the Elephant

    Dhan Gopal Mukerji
British Dictionary definitions for ankus


noun (pl) -kus, -kuses
a stick used, esp in India, for goading elephants
Word Origin
from Hindi
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