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  • proper noun biblical A king of Persia, later identified with Xerxes.
  • proper noun A name given to the Wandering Jew.


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From Hebrew אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ (Akhashverósh) from Old Persian 𐎧𐏁𐎹𐎠𐎼𐏁𐎠 (Xšayāršā, "ruler among kings"). Cognates include Xerxes from Ancient Greek Ξέρξης (Xerxēs), from the same Old Persian name.


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