canopic jar

ca·​no·​pic jar | \ kə-ˈnō-pik- How to pronounce canopic jar (audio) , -ˈnä- How to pronounce canopic jar (audio) \

Definition of canopic jar

: a jar in which the ancient Egyptians preserved the viscera of a deceased person usually for burial with the mummy

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First Known Use of canopic jar

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canopic jar

Canopus, Egyptian

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“Canopic jar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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