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Tammuz

[tah-moo z; for 1 also tah-mooz; for 2 also tam-uhz] /ˈtɑ mʊz; for 1 also tɑˈmuz; for 2 also ˈtæm ʌz/
noun
1.
the tenth month of the Jewish calendar.
Compare Jewish calendar.
2.
a Sumerian and Babylonian shepherd god, originally king of Erech, confined forever in the afterworld as a substitute for his consort Inanna or Ishtar.
Origin
< Hebrew tammūz
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  • This cave was possibly one which had previously been a site of the cult of Tammuz.
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Tammuz

/ˈtæmuːz; -ʊz/
noun
1.
(in the Jewish calendar) the fourth month of the year according to biblical reckoning and the tenth month of the civil year, usually falling within June and July
Word Origin
from Hebrew
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Word Origin and History for Tammuz

Babylonian and Assyrian god (identified with Adon), probably from Babylonian Du'uzu, contraction of Dumu-zi "the son who rises," also interpeted as "the faithful son."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Tammuz in the Bible

a corruption of Dumuzi, the Accadian sun-god (the Adonis of the Greeks), the husband of the goddess Ishtar. In the Chaldean calendar there was a month set apart in honour of this god, the month of June to July, the beginning of the summer solstice. At this festival, which lasted six days, the worshippers, with loud lamentations, bewailed the funeral of the god, they sat "weeping for Tammuz" (Ezek. 8:14). The name, also borrowed from Chaldea, of one of the months of the Hebrew calendar.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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