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A cross shaped like a T with a loop at the top, especially as used in ancient Egypt as a symbol of life. Also called ansate cross.
[Egyptian 'nḫ, life.]
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(Heraldry) a tau cross with a loop on the top, symbolizing eternal life: often appearing in Egyptian personal names, such as Tutankhamen. Also called: ansate cross or crux ansata
[from Egyptian `nh life, soul]
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a tau cross with a loop at the top, used esp. in ancient Egypt as a symbol of generation or enduring life.
[1885–90; < Egyptian ‘nh live]
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