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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Definitions for behemoth

  1. Any creature or thing of monstrous size or power
  2. An animal, perhaps the hippopotamus, mentioned in the Book of Job.

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Citations for behemoth
All the sportive rollickings of all the animals, from the agile fawn to the unwieldly behemoth, are dances taught them by nature. Ambrose Bierce, They All Dance
And while that's not the case here, the retail behemoth clearly has the captive attention of mainstream America. Dave Herrera, "3OH!3 gets enviable Walmart co-sign, prepares to print its own money," Denver Westword, July, 2010.
Origin of behemoth
1350-1400
Behemoth derives from the Hebrew b'hemoth in the Book of Job, but may be a folk etymology of Egyptian pehemau , "water-ox," the name for the hippopotamus.