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 for Ark
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ark \Ark\ ([aum]rk), n. [OE. ark, arke, arche, AS. arc, earc,
     earce, fr. L. arca, fr. arcere to inclose, keep off; akin to
     Gr. 'arkei^n to keep off.]
     1. A chest, or coffer. [Obs.]
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              Bearing that precious relic in an ark. --Spenser.
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     2. (Jewish Hist.) The oblong chest of acacia wood, overlaid
        with gold, which supported the mercy seat with its golden
        cherubs, and occupied the most sacred place in the
        sanctuary. In it Moses placed the two tables of stone
        containing the ten commandments. Called also the Ark of
        the Covenant.
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     3. The large, chestlike vessel in which Noah and his family
        were preserved during the Deluge. --Gen. vi. Hence: Any
        place of refuge.
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     4. A large flatboat used on Western American rivers to
        transport produce to market.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the
           two tablets containing the Ten Commandments [syn: Ark,
           Ark of the Covenant]
      2: a boat built by Noah to save his family and animals from the

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "ark":
     Agnus Dei, Holy Grail, Host, Pieta, Sanctus bell, Sangraal,
     asperger, asperges, aspergillum, bambino, beadroll, beads, candle,
     censer, chaplet, ciborium, cross, crucifix, cruet, eucharistial,
     holy cross, holy water, holy-water sprinkler, icon, incensory,
     matzo, menorah, mezuzah, mikvah, monstrance, osculatory,
     ostensorium, paschal candle, pax, phylacteries, prayer shawl,
     prayer wheel, pyx, relics, rood, rosary, sacramental,
     sacred relics, sacring bell, shofar, sukkah, tabernacle, tallith,
     thurible, urceole, veronica, vigil light, votive candle

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     Noah's ark, a building of gopher-wood, and covered with pitch,
     300 cubits long, 50 cubits broad, and 30 cubits high (Gen.
     6:14-16); an oblong floating house of three stories, with a door
     in the side and a window in the roof. It was 100 years in
     building (Gen. 5:32; 7:6). It was intended to preserve certain
     persons and animals from the deluge which God was about to bring
     over the earth. It contained eight persons (Gen. 7:13; 2 Pet.
     2:5), and of all "clean" animals seven pairs, and of "unclean"
     one pair, and of birds seven pairs of each sort (Gen. 7:2, 3).
     It was in the form of an oblong square, with flat bottom and
     sloping roof. Traditions of the Deluge, by which the race of man
     was swept from the earth, and of the ark of Noah have been found
     existing among all nations.
       The ark of bulrushes in which the infant Moses was laid (Ex.
     2:3) is called in the Hebrew _teebah_, a word derived from the
     Egyptian _teb_, meaning "a chest." It was daubed with slime and
     with pitch. The bulrushes of which it was made were the papyrus
       The sacred ark is designated by a different Hebrew word,
     _'aron'_, which is the common name for a chest or coffer used
     for any purpose (Gen. 50:26; 2 Kings 12:9, 10). It is
     distinguished from all others by such titles as the "ark of God"
     (1 Sam. 3:3), "ark of the covenant" (Josh. 3:6; Heb. 9:4), "ark
     of the testimony" (Ex. 25:22). It was made of acacia or shittim
     wood, a cubit and a half broad and high and two cubits long, and
     covered all over with the purest gold. Its upper surface or lid,
     the mercy-seat, was surrounded with a rim of gold; and on each
     of the two sides were two gold rings, in which were placed two
     gold-covered poles by which the ark could be carried (Num. 7:9;
     10:21; 4:5,19, 20; 1 Kings 8:3, 6). Over the ark, at the two
     extremities, were two cherubim, with their faces turned toward
     each other (Lev. 16:2; Num. 7:89). Their outspread wings over
     the top of the ark formed the throne of God, while the ark
     itself was his footstool (Ex. 25:10-22; 37:1-9). The ark was
     deposited in the "holy of holies," and was so placed that one
     end of the poles by which it was carried touched the veil which
     separated the two apartments of the tabernacle (1 Kings 8:8).
     The two tables of stone which constituted the "testimony" or
     evidence of God's covenant with the people (Deut. 31:26), the
     "pot of manna" (Ex. 16:33), and "Aaron's rod that budded" (Num.
     17:10), were laid up in the ark (Heb. 9:4). (See TABERNACLE
     T0003559) The ark and the sanctuary were "the beauty of Israel"
     (Lam. 2:1). During the journeys of the Israelites the ark was
     carried by the priests in advance of the host (Num. 4:5, 6;
     10:33-36; Ps. 68:1; 132:8). It was borne by the priests into the
     bed of the Jordan, which separated, opening a pathway for the
     whole of the host to pass over (Josh. 3:15, 16; 4:7, 10, 11, 17,
     18). It was borne in the procession round Jericho (Josh. 6:4, 6,
     8, 11, 12). When carried it was always wrapped in the veil, the
     badgers' skins, and blue cloth, and carefully concealed even
     from the eyes of the Levites who carried it. After the
     settlement of Israel in Palestine the ark remained in the
     tabernacle at Gilgal for a season, and was then removed to
     Shiloh till the time of Eli, between 300 and 400 years (Jer.
     7:12), when it was carried into the field of battle so as to
     secure, as they supposed, victory to the Hebrews, and was taken
     by the Philistines (1 Sam. 4:3-11), who sent it back after
     retaining it seven months (1 Sam. 5:7, 8). It remained then at
     Kirjath-jearim (7:1,2) till the time of David (twenty years),
     who wished to remove it to Jerusalem; but the proper mode of
     removing it having been neglected, Uzzah was smitten with death
     for putting "forth his hand to the ark of God," and in
     consequence of this it was left in the house of Obed-edom in
     Gath-rimmon for three months (2 Sam. 6:1-11), at the end of
     which time David removed it in a grand procession to Jerusalem,
     where it was kept till a place was prepared for it (12-19). It
     was afterwards deposited by Solomon in the temple (1 Kings
     8:6-9). When the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and plundered
     the temple, the ark was probably taken away by Nebuchadnezzar
     and destroyed, as no trace of it is afterwards to be found. The
     absence of the ark from the second temple was one of the points
     in which it was inferior to the first temple.

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