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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.

Nearby words

ankara, ankaratra mountains, ankeny, anker, ankerite, ankh, anking, ankle, ankle biter, ankle boot, ankle jerk

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ankh


/ (æŋk) /


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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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper