from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mythology The chief Mesopotamian tutelary deity, invoked to assure prosperity.
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- proper n. chief deity listed and written about in ancient Sumerian, Akkadian, Hittite, Canaanite and other Mesopotamian clay and stone tablets; the god of breath, wind, loft, and breadth
Sumerian, folk-etymological alteration (influenced by en, lord, and lil, wind) of illil, ellil, of Semitic origin; see אl in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)