from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to Asmoneus or Asmonæus, a reputed ancestor of Mattathias, the first of the Maccabees and the father of Judas Maccabæus, who lived about 165 b. c.; hence, pertaining to the Maccabees. See Maccabean.
  • noun One of the family of Asmoneus; a Maccabean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the patriotic Jewish family to which the Maccabees belonged; Maccabean.
  • noun One of the Asmonean family. The Asmoneans were leaders and rulers of the Jews from 168 to 35 b. c.


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