apis

Part of speech: noun

Myth. The sacred bull of ancient Egypt.

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Usage examples "apis":

  1. For neither could presents and gifts conciliate or content him; but even as Apis, while living in all possible plenty and apparent delight, yet desires to live as nature would provide for him, to range at liberty, and bound about the fields, and can scarce endure to be under the priests' keeping, so he could not brook their courtship and soft entertainment, but sat like Achilles, and languished far, Desiring battle and the shout of war. - "Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans", Clough, Arthur Hugh.
  2. He discovered sixty- four tombs of Apis, dating from the eighteenth dynasty until as late as the reign of Cleopatra. - "History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12)", S. Rappoport.
  3. The manner of consulting Apis was for the visitor to hold out some food in his hand, and the answer was understood to be favourable if the bull turned his head to eat, but unfavourable if he looked another way. - "History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12)", S. Rappoport.