Anu·​bis ə-ˈnü-bəs How to pronounce Anubis (audio)
: a jackal-headed god in Egyptian mythology who leads the dead to judgment

Examples of Anubis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The deepest chamber, nicknamed the Treasury, was guarded by a huge black jackal, representing the god Anubis, with a linen cloak, collar of blue flowers, claws of silver, and ears and eyes of gold. Jo Marchant, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Nov. 2022 According to Reuters, archaeologists also found statues of the gods Anubis, Amun, Min, Osiris, Isis, Nefertum, Bastet and Hathor. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 31 May 2022 In another, Anubis faces off with Death in a chess match borrowed from Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. Christopher Ross, WSJ, 4 June 2021 The jackal is associated with Anubis, god of death; the falcon with Horus, god of the sky; the hippopotamus with Taweret, goddess of fertility. Nathaniel J. Dominy, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2021

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Anoubis, from Egyptian inpw

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anubis was in 1567

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“Anubis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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