from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- In the Bible, the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham. His 12 sons became the progenitors of the 12 tribes of Israel.
- Jacob, François Born 1920. French geneticist. He shared a 1965 Nobel Prize for the study of regulatory activity in body cells.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. One of the sons of Isaac and Rebecca, and twin brother of Esau; father of the Israelites.
- proper n. A male given name.
- proper n. A breed of multihorned sheep.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Hebrew patriarch (son of Isaac, and ancestor of the Jews), who in a vision saw a ladder reaching up to heaven (Gen. xxviii. 12); -- also called Israel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The starling, Sturnus vulgaris.
- n. A jacobus, a gold coin of James I. of England.
- n. . A housebreaker who carried a ladder.
- n. A ladder.
- n. A half-witted person. Vaux, Flash Dict.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Old Testament) son of Isaac; brother of Esau; father of the twelve patriarchs of Israel; Jacob wrestled with God and forced God to bless him, so God gave Jacob the new name of Israel (meaning `one who has been strong against God')
- n. French biochemist who (with Jacques Monod) studied regulatory processes in cells (born in 1920)
Late Latin Iacōbus, from Greek Iakōb, from Hebrew ya'ăqōb, (God) has protected; see ʿqb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin Iacobus, from Ancient Greek Ἰάκωβος, from Hebrew יעקב (ya'aqóbh; Modern: Yaakov, "Jacob", literally "heel-grabber"), from עקב (‘aqev, "heel of the foot"). Cognate with James. (Wiktionary)