Behemoth Definition

bĭ-hēməth, bēə-məth
behemoths
noun
behemoths
A huge animal, assumed to be the hippopotamus: Job 40:15-24
Webster's New World
Any animal or thing that is huge or very powerful.
Webster's New World
A great and mighty monster.
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Other Word Forms of Behemoth

Noun

Singular:
behemoth
Plural:
behemoths

Origin of Behemoth

  • 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

  • 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

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