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

  • noun An evil female spirit in ancient Semitic legend, alleged to haunt deserted places and attack children.
  • noun The first wife of Adam in Hebrew folklore, believed to have been in existence before the creation of Eve.

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

  • noun a female demon who attacks children.

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  • proper noun mythology A Mesopotamian storm demon, a bearer of disease and death; also the first wife of Adam in Jewish folklore.
  • proper noun astrology The "dark moon" or "black moon", not an actual phase of the moon but the empty focus of the ellipse described by its orbit.
  • proper noun A female given name.

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  • noun in ancient Semitic folklore: a female demon who attacks children

Etymologies

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

[Hebrew lîlît, from Akkadian lilītu, from Sumerian lilla, a demon.]

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From Hebrew לילית.

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