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From Hebrew בהמות (Bəhēmôth), the name of a creature mentioned in the Book of Job (XL.xv). It is most likely a plural form of בהמה (bəhēmāh), animal). It may be an example of pluralis excellentiae, a Hebrew method of expressing greatness by pluralizing a noun; it thus indicates that Behemoth is the largest and most powerful animal. It is also suspected that it is derived from the ancient Egyptian name for the hippopotamus, 'p-ehe-mau', which literally translates as "water ox." [1] The word entered into Middle English at around the 14th century from late Latin.



behemoth (plural behemoths)

  1. A great and mighty beast described in Job 40:15-24 used to illustrate God's mightiness.
  2. A great and mighty monster.
  3. Something which has the qualities of great power and might, and monstrous proportions.

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