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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • In the Bible, a city (now thought to be Babylon) in Shinar where God confounded a presumptuous attempt to build a tower into heaven by confusing the language of its builders into many mutually incomprehensible languages.

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  • proper n. The city and tower in the land of Shinar where the confusion of languages took place, according to the Bible.

Etymologies

From Latin Babel, from Hebrew בבל ("Babylon"), from Akkadian  (bāb ili, "gate of God"); in Genesis associated with the idea of confusion. (Wiktionary)

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