Definition of ankou
- Ankou is the figure in Breton myth who collects spirits of the dead and brings them to hell.
- —Miriam Van Scott, Encyclopedia of Hell, 1998
- Legend has it that whenever a cemetery was started, some poor, unfortunate slob was buried alive to create the ankou.
- —The Orlando (Florida) Sentinel, 28 Oct. 1993
- … serpents, demons and omens of death including the ankou.
- —David Powell, The Daily Post (Liverpool, England), 11 Apr. 2005