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  1. Benu.
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or Ben·nu

  1. the sacred bird of ancient Egypt, corresponding to the phoenix.
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Origin of Benu

vocalization of Egyptian bnw heron
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Historical Examples of bennu

  • With the cultus of the Bennu at Heliopolis is connected the story of the phœnix.

    The History of Antiquity, Vol. I (of VI)

    Max Duncker

  • He also "taketh the character of the god Bennu, with the head of a crane," and as Sokar Osiris has the head of a hawk.

  • The inscriptions say of the great Bennu that "it was self-begotten," that "it caused the divisions of time to arise."

  • Another bird held in great reverence was the bennu, a bird of the heron species which gave rise to the mythical bird, the phnix.