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leviathan


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Leviathan  \Le*vi"a*than\  (l[-e]*v[imac]"[.a]*than),  n.  [Heb. 
  livy[=a]th[=a]n.] 
  1.  An  aquatic  animal,  described  in  the  book  of  Job,  ch  xli., 
  and  mentioned  in  other  passages  of  Scripture. 
 
  Note:  It  is  not  certainly  known  what  animal  is  intended, 
  whether  the  crocodile,  the  whale,  or  some  sort  of 
  serpent. 
 
  2.  The  whale,  or  a  great  whale.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  leviathan 
  n  1:  the  largest  or  most  massive  thing  of  its  kind  "it  was  a 
  leviathan  among  redwoods";  "they  were  assigned  the 
  leviathan  of  textbooks" 
  2:  monstrous  sea  creature  symbolizing  evil  in  the  Old  Testament 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Leviathan 
  a  transliterated  Hebrew  word  (livyathan),  meaning  "twisted," 
  "coiled."  In  Job  3:8,  Revised  Version,  and  marg.  of  Authorized 
  Version,  it  denotes  the  dragon  which  according  to  Eastern 
  tradition,  is  an  enemy  of  light;  in  41:1  the  crocodile  is  meant 
  in  Ps  104:26  it  "denotes  any  large  animal  that  moves  by 
  writhing  or  wriggling  the  body,  the  whale,  the  monsters  of  the 
  deep."  This  word  is  also  used  figuratively  for  a  cruel  enemy,  as 
  some  think  "the  Egyptian  host,  crushed  by  the  divine  power,  and 
  cast  on  the  shores  of  the  Red  Sea"  (Ps.  74:14).  As  used  in  Isa. 
  27:1,  "leviathan  the  piercing  [R.V.  'swift']  serpent,  even 
  leviathan  that  crooked  [R.V.  marg.  'winding']  serpent,"  the  word 
  may  probably  denote  the  two  empires,  the  Assyrian  and  the 
  Babylonian. 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  LEVIATHAN,  n.  An  enormous  aquatic  animal  mentioned  by  Job.  Some 
  suppose  it  to  have  been  the  whale,  but  that  distinguished 
  ichthyologer  Dr  Jordan,  of  Stanford  University,  maintains  with 
  considerable  heat  that  it  was  a  species  of  gigantic  Tadpole  (_Thaddeus 
  Polandensis_)  or  Polliwig  --  _Maria  pseudo-hirsuta_.  For  an 
  exhaustive  description  and  history  of  the  Tadpole  consult  the  famous 
  monograph  of  Jane  Potter,  _Thaddeus  of  Warsaw_. 
 
 




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