A Jewish holiday, the Feast of Lots, celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, commemorating the deliverance of the Jews by Esther from a general massacre plotted by Haman: Esth. 9:21
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Origin of Purim
Hebrew pûrîm pl. of pûr lot (from the lots Haman cast to decide the day of the massacre, Esther 9:24–26) from Akkadian pūru lot
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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