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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Essene  \Es*sene"\,  n.;  pl  {Essenes}.  [Gr.  ?,  lit.,  physicians, 
  because  they  practiced  medicine,  fr  Chald  [=a]say[=a]  to 
  heal,  cf  Heb.  as[=a].] 
  One  of  a  sect  among  the  Jews  in  the  time  of  our  Savior, 
  remarkable  for  their  strictness  and  abstinence.