noun \ˈäŋk\

Definition of ANKH

:  a cross having a loop for its upper vertical arm and serving especially in ancient Egypt as an emblem of life

Illustration of ANKH

Origin of ANKH

Egyptian ʽnḫ live
First Known Use: 1888

Rhymes with ANKH


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph signifying life, consisting of a cross surmounted by a loop. In tomb inscriptions, gods and pharaohs are often pictured holding the ankh, which forms part of the hieroglyph for concepts such as health and happiness. It is used as a cross in the Coptic Orthodox Church.


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