- Archaeology. a looped handle, especially of a vase.
- Astronomy. either of the apparent extremities of the rings of Saturn or of other planets, especially when viewed from the earth or from spacecraft under certain conditions, when they look like two handles.
Origin of ansa
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1655–65
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- An anatomical structure shaped like a loop or an arc.
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