from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In the Bible, an officer of the Pharaoh who bought Joseph as a slave and later imprisoned him when Potiphar's wife falsely accused Joseph of rape.
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- proper n. An Egyptian and captain of the guard under Pharaoh.
Hebrew pôṭîpar, from Egyptian p-di-p-r', the one whom Ra gave : p-, definite article + di, whom he gave + r', Ra.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Classical Hebrew פּוֹטִיפַר (potifár). (Wiktionary)