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[an-suh] /ˈæn sə/
noun, plural ansae
[an-see] /ˈæn si/ (Show IPA)
Archaeology. a looped handle, especially of a vase.
Astronomy. either of the apparent extremities of the rings of Saturn or of other planets, especially when viewed from the earth or from spacecraft under certain conditions, when they look like two handles.
Origin of ansa
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Desiderius and his wife ansa endowed this convent with landed property which spread over all the Lombard kingdom.

    The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott
  • One ansa, indeed, is sometimes visible without the other, and most commonly it is the Eastern one that is missing.

    The Story of the Solar System George F. Chambers
ansa in Medicine

ansa an·sa (ān'sə)
n. pl. an·sae (-sē)
An anatomical structure shaped like a loop or an arc.

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