Behemoth meaning

bĭ-hēməth, bēə-məth
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The definition of a behemoth is something gigantic or very powerful.

A gigantic corporation is an example of a behemoth.

A large monster is an example of a behemoth.

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Something enormous in size or power.
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A huge animal, assumed to be the hippopotamus: Job 40:15-24
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(biblical) A great and mighty beast God shows Job in Job 40:15-24.
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A huge animal, possibly the hippopotamus, described in the Bible.
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Any animal or thing that is huge or very powerful.
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A great and mighty monster.
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Something which has the qualities of great power and might, and monstrous proportions.
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Origin of behemoth

  • Middle English behemoth, bemoth from Hebrew bəhēmôt pl. of bəhēmâ beast bhm in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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'.

    From Wiktionary