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[ ahrk ]
/ ɑrk /
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noun
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Origin of ark

First recorded before 850; Middle English ark(e), erke, Old English arc, earc(e) (compare Old Frisian erke, arke, Dutch ark, Old High German, Gothic arka, Old Norse ǫrk ), from Latin arca “chest, coffer,” derivative of arcēre “to safeguard,” cognate with Hittite h̬ark- “hold, possess”

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ark

arc, ark

Other definitions for ark (2 of 2)

Ark.

abbreviation
Arkansas.
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British Dictionary definitions for ark (1 of 3)

ark
/ (ɑːk) /

noun
the vessel that Noah built and in which he saved himself, his family, and a number of animals and birds during the Flood (Genesis 6–9)
out of the ark informal very old; out of date
a place or thing offering shelter or protection
dialect a chest, box, or coffer

Word Origin for ark

Old English arc, from Latin arca box, chest

British Dictionary definitions for ark (2 of 3)

Ark
/ (ɑːk) /

noun Judaism
Also called: Holy Ark the cupboard at the front of a synagogue, usually in the eastern wall, in which the Torah scrolls are kept
Also called: Ark of the Covenant the most sacred symbol of God's presence among the Hebrew people, carried in their journey from Sinai to the Promised Land (Canaan) and eventually enshrined in the holy of holies of the Temple in Jerusalem

British Dictionary definitions for ark (3 of 3)

Ark.

abbreviation for
Arkansas
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