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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eunuch  \Eu"nuch\,  n.  [L.  eunuchus  Gr  ?,  prop.,  keeping  or 
  guarding  the  couch;  ?  couch,  bed,  +  ?  to  have  hold  keep.] 
  A  male  of  the  human  species  castrated;  commonly,  one  of  a 
  class  of  such  persons,  in  Oriental  countries,  having  charge 
  of  the  women's  apartments.  Some  of  them  in  former  times, 
  gained  high  official  rank. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eunuch  \Eu"nuch\,  Eunuchate  \Eu"nuch*ate\,  v.  t.  [L.  eunuchare.] 
  To  make  a  eunuch  of  to  castrate.  as  a  man.  --Creech.  Sir.  T. 
  Browne. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  eunuch 
  n  :  a  man  who  has  been  castrated  and  is  incapable  of 
  reproduction;  "eunuchs  guarded  the  harem"  [syn:  {castrate}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Eunuch 
  literally  bed-keeper  or  chamberlain,  and  not  necessarily  in  all 
  cases  one  who  was  mutilated,  although  the  practice  of  employing 
  such  mutilated  persons  in  Oriental  courts  was  common  (2  Kings 
  9:32;  Esther  2:3).  The  law  of  Moses  excluded  them  from  the 
  congregation  (Deut.  23:1).  They  were  common  also  among  the 
  Greeks  and  Romans.  It  is  said  that  even  to-day  there  are  some  in 
  Rome  who  are  employed  in  singing  soprano  in  the  Sistine  Chapel. 
  Three  classes  of  eunuchs  are  mentioned  in  Matt.  19:12. 
 




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