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Leviathan

[lə-VI-ə-thən]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, late 14th century

1.

A thing that is very large or powerful, especially a ship.

2.

A very large aquatic creature, especially a whale.

Examples of Leviathan in a sentence

"The blue whale is one of the largest leviathans in the sea."

"The cruise ship was a towering leviathan of the seas."

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About Leviathan

This word comes from late Latin via the Hebrew “liwyāṯān,” meaning “dragon, serpent, huge sea animal.”

Did you Know?

The Old Testament refers to a sea monster called Leviathan in the book of Psalms. In the story, this huge sea monster is killed by God, then offered to the Hebrews as food.

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