from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The seventh month of the year in the Hebrew calendar, corresponding to Nisan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The first month of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, corresponding nearly to our April. After the Babylonish captivity this month was called Nisan.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The time of newly ripe grain; the first month of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, beginning with the new moon of March.
Hebrew 'ābîb, young barley, spring, Abib; see אbb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew אביב (abhībh), literally an ear of corn. The month was so called from barley being at that time in ear. (Wiktionary)