from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See Table at Bible.
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- proper n. The third of the Books of Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible, the third book in the Torah.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The third canonical book of the Old Testament, containing the laws and regulations relating to the priests and Levites among the Hebrews, or the body of the ceremonial law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A canonical book of the Old Testament, the third book of Moses or of the Pentateuch, containing principally the laws and regulations relating to the priests and Levites and to religious ceremonies, or the body of the ceremonial law. Abbreviated Lev.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the third book of the Old Testament; contains Levitical law and ritual precedents
Middle English, from Late Latin Levīticus, from Greek Leuītikos, Levitical, from Leuītēs, Levite; see Levite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Derived from the Latin Liber Leviticus which is from the Greek (το) Λευιτικόν (i.e., βιβλίον). In Jewish writings it is customary to cite the book by its first word, וַיִּקְרָא (Vayikrá, "and he called"). (Wiktionary)