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

  • A Hebrew prophet of the seventh century B.C.
  • n. See Table at Bible.

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  • proper n. A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  • proper n. A male given name.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Hebrew minor prophet of the late 7th century BC
  • n. an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Zephaniah which are concerned mainly with the approaching judgment by God upon the sinners of Judah

Etymologies

Hebrew ṣəpanyāh, Yahweh has treasured : ṣāpan, ṣəpan, he has hidden, treasured; see ṣpn in Semitic roots + yāh, Yahweh; see hwy in Semitic roots.
After Zephaniah.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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