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

  • n. The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The Torah: the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The first five books of the Old Testament, collectively; -- called also the Law of Moses, Book of the Law of Moses, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The first five books of the Old Testament, regarded as a connected group.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit

Etymologies

Middle English Pentateuke, from Late Latin Pentateuchus, from Greek Pentateukhos : penta-, penta- + teukhos, implement, vessel, scroll case; see dheugh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek πεντάτευχος (pentateukhos), from Ancient Greek πέντε (pente, "five") + τεῦχος (teukhos, "tool, scroll, book"). (Wiktionary)

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