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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The first month of the year in the Jewish calendar; Nisan.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The time of newly ripe grain; the first month of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, beginning with the new moon of March.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The first month of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, corresponding nearly to our April. After the Babylonish captivity this month was called Nisan.

Etymologies

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

[Hebrew ’ābîb, young barley, spring, Abib; see ℵbb in Semitic roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Hebrew אביב (abhībh), literally an ear of corn. The month was so called from barley being at that time in ear.

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