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[uh-noo-bis, uh-nyoo-]
noun Egyptian Religion.
  1. the god of tombs and weigher of the hearts of the dead: represented as having the head of a jackal.
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Historical Examples

  • As far back as we can see, Hathor is a cow, and Horus a hawk, and Anubis a jackal.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • The right half—“the well-deserved of Anubis, Usrtsn, son of Srtuy (?)”

    El Kab

    J.E. Quibell

  • Abydos was also the centre of the worship of Anubis, an animal-deity of the dead, the jackal who prowls round the tombs at night.

  • Only the dog-headed Anubis seemed to stare and nod mysteriously.

    Under the Witches' Moon

    Nathan Gallizier

  • Anubis was particularly worshipped at Lycopolis, Abt, and elsewhere.

British Dictionary definitions for anubis


  1. Egyptian myth a deity, a son of Osiris, who conducted the dead to judgment. He is represented as having a jackal's head and was identified by the Greeks with Hermes
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Word Origin and History for anubis


jackal-headed god of Egyptian religion, from Greek Anoubis, from Egyptian Anpu.

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