Hyksos

adjective

Hyk·​sos ˈhik-ˌsäs How to pronounce Hyksos (audio)
-ˌsōs
: of or relating to a Semite dynasty that ruled Egypt from about the 18th to the 16th century b.c.

Word History

Etymology

Greek Hyksōs, dynasty ruling Egypt, perhaps from Egyptian ḥqʾ̹ ruler + h̬ʾ̹št foreign land

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hyksos was in 1602

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“Hyksos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hyksos. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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