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j.ḫm-sk

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EtymologyEdit

j.ḫm (not knowing, imperfective active participle of ḫm) +‎ sk (destruction), thus literally ‘(one) not knowing destruction’, because the circumpolar stars never set and so were considered imperishable.

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  1. circumpolar star
    • 18th Dynasty, Great Hymn to Osiris, Stela of Amenmose (Louvre C 286), lines 5–6:
       
       
       
         
        
           
          
       
       
       
         
       
        
       
        
       
       
       
       
       
          
       
          
       
       
           
       
        
       
      nb hnw m pt rswt dwꜣw m pt mḥtt j.ḫmw-sk ẖr st ḥr.f swt.f pw j.ḫmw-wrḏ
      Possessor of acclaim in the southern sky, worshipped in the northern sky, the circumpolar stars are under his care, and the unwearying stars are his residences.

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  • Allen, James (2010) Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs, second edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 330