Definition of


  1. (noun, person) (Old Testament) the youngest and best-loved son of Jacob and Rachel and one of the twelve forebears of the tribes of Israel
  2. (noun, substance) gum resin used especially in treating skin irritation

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Alternate forms of Benjamin

Hypernyms: gum resin

Origin of the word Benjamin

  1. masc. proper name, in O.T., Jacob's youngest son (Gen. xxxv.18), from Heb. Binyamin, lit. "son of the south," though interpreted in Genesis as "son of the right hand," from ben "son of" + yamin "right hand," also "south" (in an East-oriented culture). Cf. Arabic cognate yaman "right hand, right side, south;" yamana "he was happy," lit. "he tur… more

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