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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

behemoth

\bih-HEE-muhth\ , noun;
1.
Any creature or thing of monstrous size or power
2.
An animal, perhaps the hippopotamus, mentioned in the Book of Job.
Quotes:
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:
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.
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