ankus

[ ang-kuhs, uhng-kuhsh ]
/ ˈæŋ kəs, ˈʌŋ kəʃ /

noun, plural an·kus, an·kus·es.

an elephant goad of India with a spike and a hook at one end.

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Origin of ankus

1885–90; <Hindi; akin to angle2
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British Dictionary definitions for ankus

ankus
/ (ˈæŋkəs) /

noun plural -kus or -kuses

a stick used, esp in India, for goading elephants

Word Origin for ankus

from Hindi
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