from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The second month of the year in the Jewish calendar. See Table at calendar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See Hesvan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the second month of the civil year; the eighth month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in October and November)
Hebrew ḥešwān, short for marḥešwān, from Akkadian araḫsamnu, waraḫsamnu, a month name : arḫu, warḫu, month; see wrḫ in Semitic roots + samnu, eighth (from samāne, eight; see ṯmny in Semitic roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)