Etymology: From (Hebr.) (BÉhÄmíth), the name of a creature mentioned in the Book of Job. It is most likely a plural form of (bÉhÄmÄh "animal"). It may be an example of pluralis excellentiae, a Hebrew method of expressing greatness by pluralizing a noun; it thus indicates that Behemoth is the largest and most powerful animal. It is also suspected that it is derived from the ancient Egyptian name for the hippopotamus, 'pehemau', which literally translates as "water ox." http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=behemoth The word entered into Middle English at around the 14th century from late Latin.
- A great and mighty beast described in Job 40:15-24 used to illustrate God's mightiness.
- A great and mighty monster.
- Something which has the qualities of great power and might, and monstrous proportions.
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