This whale is a behemoth.
- A gigantic corporation is an example of a behemoth.
- A large monster is an example of a behemoth.
- Bible a huge animal, assumed to be the hippopotamus: Job 40:15-24
- any animal or thing that is huge or very powerful
Origin of behemothClassical Hebrew (language) behemot, intensive plural of behema, beast; akin to Ethiopic b?hma, dumb, speechless and Arabic ?abham (from source bahma(t), bah?ma(t), animal)
- Something enormous in size or power.
- often Behemoth A huge animal, possibly the hippopotamus, described in the Bible.
Origin of behemothMiddle English behemoth, bemoth from Late Latin behemoth Behemoth from Hebrew bəhēmôt pl. of bəhēmâ beast bhm
From Middle English bemoth, behemoth, from Late Latin, from Hebrew בהמות (bəhēmōth), either an intensive plural of בהמה (bəhēmāh, “beast”), from Proto-Semitic (compare Ethiopic [script?] (bəhma, “dumb, speechless”), Arabic [script?] (ʼabham, “animal”) (declined as bahma(t), bahīma(t))), or borrowed from Ancient Egyptian p-ehe-mau 'hippopotamus', literally 'water-ox'.