canopic jar

or Canopic jar


a jar used in ancient Egypt to contain the entrails of an embalmed body.

Origin of canopic jar

First recorded in 1890–95
Also called canopic vase. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for canopic jar

Canopic jar

Canopic urn or Canopic vase

/ (kəˈnəʊpɪk) /


(in ancient Egypt) one of four containers with tops in the form of animal heads of the gods, for holding the entrails of a mummy
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