canopic jar

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin Canōpicus, from Canopus +‎ -icus.

Noun[edit]

canopic jar (plural canopic jars)

  1. (archaeology) An Egyptian pottery container in which the entrails of a mummy have been placed.
    • 1993, Rikki Ducornet, The Jade Cabinet, Dalkey Archive Press, p. 120:
      Had Radulph Tubbs such luck with tombs it is probable that he […] would have uncovered only the four canopic jars containing, respectively, the large intestines, small intestines, heart, and liver.