Definition of ankus in English:

ankus

noun

Indian
  • A goad for elephants.

    • ‘The ankus is embedded into elephants’ most sensitive areas, such as around the feet, behind the ears, under the chin, inside the mouth, and other locations around the face.’
    • ‘She called the ankus ‘an elephant management tool that has been in use for thousands of years.’’
    • ‘The ankus is sometimes used for beating; it is always used to assert dominance and the threat of punishment.’
    • ‘This ankus is over 100 years old and has been made from steel and brass.’
    • ‘Training for these performances often requires the use of whips, tight collars, electric prods and other shocking devices, ankuses, sticks, axe handles, baseball bats, metal pipes, and other tools.’
    • ‘Ringling Bros. says the ankus, or bull hook, is used to guide elephants like a leash or a set of reins, not to cause pain or discomfort as activists insist.’
    • ‘The records also detail what Finnegan found during one of the zoo's darkest chapters, when one keeper reported in April 2000 that a colleague had abused Rose-Tu with an ankus.’
    • ‘The front legs were tightly hobbled and the back legs chained in a stretched position, unable to lie down, and deprived of adequate water and nutrition, beaten repeatedly with rubber whips and ankuses.’
    • ‘We have come to realize that controlling elephants through domination and the use of ankuses (sharply pointed devices used to inflict pain) can no longer be justified.’
    • ‘Bessie has white circular inactive ankus scars under her chin, on the neck, and dorsal areas.’
    • ‘These charges do not seem to have deterred Oregon Zoo keepers from aggressive ankus use, as ankus wounds were identified on at least 3 elephants for several years following these charges.’
    • ‘Ort-Mabry, the spokeswoman for Ringling, insisted that the ankus is a time-tested and appropriate training tool.’
    prod, spiked stick, spike, staff, crook, pole, rod
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Origin

Via Hindi from Sanskrit aṅkuśa.

Pronunciation:

ankus

/ˈaŋkəs/