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ankh

[ angk ]
/ æŋk /
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noun Egyptian Art.

a tau cross with a loop at the top, used as a symbol of generation or enduring life.

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Also called an·sate cross [an-seyt kraws] /ˈæn seɪt ˈkrɔs/ .

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
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British Dictionary definitions for ankh

ankh
/ (æŋk) /

noun

a tau cross with a loop on the top, symbolizing eternal life: often appearing in Egyptian personal names, such as TutankhamenAlso called: ansate cross, crux ansata

Word Origin for ankh

from Egyptian `nh life, soul
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