[ang-kuh s, uhng-kuh sh]
- an elephant goad of India with a spike and a hook at one end.
Origin of ankus
1885–90; < Hindi; akin to angle2
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Examples from the Web for ankus
I spoke to him, scratched his neck with the ankus, but he would not stop.Kari the Elephant
Dhan Gopal Mukerji
If thou wilt give me the ankus to take away, it is good hunting.
It was plain to see that the elephant had felt the prick of the Mahout's ankus.Mount Music
E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
Mowgli told him all his adventures from beginning to end, and Bagheera sniffed at the ankus between whiles.
The ankus flew sparkling, and buried itself point down thirty yards away, between the trees.
- a stick used, esp in India, for goading elephants
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