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  • n. The hooked goad that is used in India to control elephants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An elephant goad with a sharp spike and hook, resembling a short-handled boat hook.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In India, an elephant-goad combining a sharp hook and a straight point or spike.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an elephant goad with a sharp spike and a hook


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From Hindi अंकुश (aṅkush), Persian انگیزه (angize), from Sanskrit अङ्क (aṅká).


  • He prefers to call the training hooks by the Sanskrit-derived term ankus, meaning "goad," and compares them to dog collars. - News

  • He saw, lying near the tank, one of the elephant goads -- "ankus" is the

    Joe Strong, the Boy Fish or Marvelous Doings in a Big Tank

  • But his keeper gently pricked him with a sharp hook, called an "ankus," and to get away from the prick, which was like the bite of a big fly, Umboo stepped out and walked away.

    Umboo, the Elephant

  • Some groups, including the Born Free Foundation, have expressed concern at the safari park's use of the ankus a stick with a hook at one end and chains to control Anne, but the consensus seems to be that the safari park is better for Anne than any other option at the moment.

    Anne the elephant says goodbye to the circus

  • Jocko saw him and jabbed with the ankus, but not quick enough.

    To Fetch a Thief

  • He reached for something hanging on the wall, something I recognized: an ankus.

    To Fetch a Thief

  • He touched where the point of the ankus hook pushed at the plastic.

    To Fetch a Thief

  • “See what Forensics can find on the bat—a match to prints from the ankus would be nice.”

    To Fetch a Thief

  • The main weapon of education is the bull hook, or ankus -- picture a heavy, sharp fireplace poker -- and the trainers hit the elephants, often repeatedly, with the bull hook in various parts of their body, so that they comply, so they "learn."

    Duncan Strauss: TNT's Ringling Reality Series: Sickest Show On Earth?

  • His mahout was calling him endearing names and using the ankus alternately, promising him rum with one breath and a thrashing with the next.

    Guns of the Gods


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  • JM is thinking of making a new ankus - just in case the bus is late again.

    December 10, 2010