from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A cross in the shape of the ankh.
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We may add that the crux ansata of the Egyptians, the oval standing upon the upright, or letter Tau, may be shown to be a sex symbol, the union of the oval with the upright being of symbolic significance.
The crux ansata is found in the hand of most of the Egyptian deities.
Priests are portrayed in adoration of the crux ansata before phallic monuments.