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Meaning of LEVIATHAN

Pronunciation:  li'vIuthun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  monstrous sea creature symbolizing evil in the Old Testament
  2. [n]  the largest or most massive thing of its kind; "it was a leviathan among redwoods"; "they were assigned the leviathan of textbooks"

LEVIATHAN is a 9 letter word that starts with L.


 See Also: freak, lusus naturae, monster, monstrosity, mythical creature, mythical monster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Le*vi"a*than\ (l[-e]*v[imac]"[.a]*than), n. [Heb.
1. An aquatic animal, described in the book of Job, ch. xli.,
   and mentioned in other passages of Scripture.

Note: It is not certainly known what animal is intended,
      whether the crocodile, the whale, or some sort of

2. The whale, or a great whale. --Milton.

Easton Bible Dictionary

a transliterated Hebrew word (livyathan), meaning "twisted," "coiled." In Job 3:8, Revised Version, and marg. of Authorized Version, it denotes the dragon which, according to Eastern tradition, is an enemy of light; in 41:1 the crocodile is meant; in Ps. 104:26 it "denotes any large animal that moves by writhing or wriggling the body, the whale, the monsters of the deep." This word is also used figuratively for a cruel enemy, as some think "the Egyptian host, crushed by the divine power, and cast on the shores of the Red Sea" (Ps. 74:14). As used in Isa. 27:1, "leviathan the piercing [R.V. 'swift'] serpent, even leviathan that crooked [R.V. marg. 'winding'] serpent," the word may probably denote the two empires, the Assyrian and the Babylonian.

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