Word Archaeology: ankus

The ankus – a bronze or steel hook at the end of a handle – is a tool used in the handling and training of elephants. The name of this elephant goad is derived from the Sanskrit “ankusa” or “ankusha”. The tool first appeared in India sometime between the 6th and 5th centuries B.C.

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