- a nomadic people who conquered and ruled ancient Egypt between the 13th and 18th dynasties, c1700–1580 b.c.: believed to have been a Semitic people that originally migrated into Egypt from Asia.
Origin of Hyksos
1595–1605; < Greek Hyksṓs, perhaps < Egyptian ḥg(ʾ) ruler + h̬ʾst foreign land
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Examples from the Web for hyksos
The cowroids, with a rope border on the back, are of the Hyksos period.Scarabs
Moreover, statues and sphinxes of the Hyksos period are also found here.
It was the favorite residence of the Shepherd Kings or Hyksos.
It was the main seat of the Hyksos, who embellished it in every possible way.
The duration of the Hyksos rule is thus left in some uncertainty.Human Origins
- a member of a nomadic Asian people, probably Semites, who controlled Egypt from 1720 bc until 1560 bc
from Greek Huksōs name of ruling dynasty in Egypt, from Egyptian hq's'sw ruler of the lands of the nomads
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Word Origin and History for hyksos
c.1600, 15th dynasty of Egyptian kings (1650-1558 B.C.E.), called "Shepherd Kings," from Greek Hyksos, from Egyptian, either hiq shasu "ruler of nomads," or heqa khoswe "chief of foreign lands."
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