Ho·​rus ˈhȯr-əs How to pronounce Horus (audio)
: the falcon-headed Egyptian god of light and the son of Osiris and Isis

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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


Late Latin, from Greek Hōros, from Egyptian Ḥr

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Horus was in 1832

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“Horus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Horus. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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