be·he·moth (bĭ-hēməth, bēə-məth)
1. Something enormous in size or power.
2. often Behemoth A huge animal, possibly the hippopotamus, described in the Bible.
[Middle English behemoth, bemoth, from Late Latin behemoth, Behemoth, from Hebrew bəhēmôt, pl. of bəhēmâ, beast; see bhm in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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