tree knowledge

tree of knowledge of good and evil

noun
the tree in the Garden of Eden bearing the forbidden fruit that was tasted by Adam and Eve. Gen. 2:17; 3:6–24.
Also called tree of knowledge.


Origin:
1525–35

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tree of knowledge of good and evil
 
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Old Testament the tree in the Garden of Eden bearing the forbidden fruit that Adam and Eve ate, thus incurring loss of primal innocence (Genesis 2:9; 3:2--7)

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tree of knowledge of good and evil definition


A tree in the Garden of Eden, the fruit of which God forbade Adam and Eve to eat.

Note: They did eat the forbidden fruit, and their disobedience brought about the Fall of Man.
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