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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)



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