ANKHS

ankh

[angk]
noun Egyptian art.
a tau cross with a loop at the top, used as a symbol of generation or enduring life.

Origin:
1885–90; < Egyptian ʿnh̬ live; apparently at least partially homophonous with word for “sandal strap,” hence stylized picture of sandal strap became symbol for life

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ankh (æŋk)
 
n
ansate cross, Also called: crux ansata a tau cross with a loop on the top, symbolizing eternal life: often appearing in Egyptian personal names, such as Tutankhamen
 
[from Egyptian `nh life, soul]

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ankh
tau cross with an oval at the top, Egyptian symbol of life, 1888, from Egypt. ankh, lit. "life, soul." Also known as crux ansata.
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