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Strong's #43 - ἀγκάλη

Root Word (Etymology)
from agkos (a bend, "ache")
Parts of Speech
feminine noun
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  1. the curve or inner angle of the arm, the bent arm
  2. anything closely enfolding, as the arms of the sea, etc.
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2436 ‑ חֵק (khake, khake, khoke);  6102 ‑ עָצֵל (aw‑tsale);  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἀγκάλη [], ,


1. bent arm, mostly in pl., ἐν ἀγκάλαις A. Ag. 723, Supp. 481, E. Alc. 351, al.; prov., ἐν ταῖς ἀ. περιΦέρειν τινά X. Cyr. 7.5.50; without ἐν, ἀγκάλαις ἔχειν, περιΦέρειν, E. IT 289, Or. 464; ἐπ' ἀγκάλαις λαβεῖν Id. Ion 761, cf. IT 1250; ἐς ἀ. Ion 1598; πρὸς ἀγκάλαις πεσεῖν ib. 962; ὑπ' ἀγκάλαις σταθείς Id. Andr. 747: rarely in sg., Corinn. 19 (s.v.l.); Φέρειν ἐν τῇ ἀ. Hdt. 6.61, cf. X.l.c., Timocl. 7.4.

2. bend of knee, Cael.Aur. TP 5.1.2.

II metaph., anything closely enfolding, κυμάτων ἐν ἀγκάλαις Archil. 23; πετραία ἀ. A. Pr. 1019; πόντιαι ἀ. Id. Ch. 587, cf. E. Or. 1378; πελαγίοις ἐν ἀ. Nausicr. 1.3; of the air, γῆν..ἔχονθ' ὑγραῖς ἐν ἀ. E. Fr. 941.

III bundle, sheaf, BGU 1180 (i B. C.), PLond. 1.131r396 (i A. D.), POxy. 935.19 (iii A. D.).

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἀγκάλη, (ης, (ἀγκη, ἀγκάς (from the root ak to bend, curve, cf. Latinuncus,angulus, English angle, etc.; cf. Curtius, § 1; Vanicek, p. 2f)), the curve or inner angle of the arm: δέξασθαι εἰς τάς ἀγκάλας, Luke 2:28. The Greeks also said ἀγκάς λαβεῖν ἐν ἀγκάλαις περιφέρειν, etc., see ἐναγκαλίζομαι. ((From Aeschylus and Herodotus down.))

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἀγκάλη , -ης ,

(<ἄγκος , a bend),

[in LXX for H6102, H2436;]

the bent arm: Luke 2:28 (cf. ἐναγκαλίζομαι ).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

With the use of ἀγκάλη in Luke 2:28, cf. OGIS 56.60 (Canopus decree, B.C. 239) (τις) τῶν. . . ἱερέων πρὸς τὸν στολισμὸν τῶν θεῶν οἴσει ἐν ταῖς ἀγκαλαῖς. For the derived sense of ";bundle"; (i.e. ";armful";) see P Lond 131 recto .437 (A.D. 78–9) ( = I. p. 183) δεσμεύων ἀγκάλας, P Oxy VI. 935.18 ff. (iii/A.D.) ἡ μεταφ [ορὰ ] τῶν ἀνκαλῶν ἔστε εὐθ [ ]ως ὑπὸ τοῦ πατρός, ";the transport of the bundles will be performed immediately by my father"; (Edd.).

[Supplemental from 1930 edition]

ἀγκλη. Cf. ἀνκαλισμός in P Oxy XIV. 1631.9 (A.D. 280).

The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
αγκάλαις αγκαλας αγκάλας ἀγκάλας αγκαλίδα αγκαλών ankalas ankálas
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