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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. 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  a  Jewish  mystical  sect  somewhat  resembling  the  Pharisees.  They 
  affected  great  purity.  They  originated  about  B.C.  100,  and 
  disappeared  from  history  after  the  destruction  of  Jerusalem. 
  They  are  not  directly  mentioned  in  Scripture,  although  they  may 
  be  referred  to  in  Matt.  19:11,  12,  Col.  2:8,  18,  23.