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

  • In the Bible, a son of David who staged a revolt against his father's kingship and was defeated and killed in the ensuing battle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The third son of David, king of Israel.
  • proper n. A male given name.


Hebrew אַבְשָׁלוֹם (Avšalom), "father of peace", from אָב (av = 'father') + שָׁלוֹם (shalom = 'peace'). (Wiktionary)



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