behemoth (bēˈhĭmŏth, bĭhēˈ–) [key] [Heb., = plural of beast ], large, fanciful primeval monster, like Leviathan, evoking the hippopotamus mentioned in the Book of Job. In the Book of Psalms the term occurs in a non-mythological context.
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