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Abel

[ey-buh l; for 4 also Norwegian ah-buh l] /ˈeɪ bəl; for 4 also Norwegian ˈɑ bəl/
noun
1.
the second son of Adam and Eve, slain by his brother, Cain. Gen. 4.
2.
Sir Frederick Augustus, 1827–1902, English chemist: inventor of cordite.
3.
I. W. 1908–87, U.S. labor leader: president of the United Steelworkers of America 1965–77.
4.
Niels Henrik
[neels hen-rik] /nils ˈhɛn rɪk/ (Show IPA),
1802–29, Norwegian mathematician.
5.
a male given name.
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  • It was, all felt, a good thing to have a Mr. Abel in Georgetown.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • O Abel, was that the something you told me about on the mountain?

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • A dream of a dress that would be, with all the shades of Madame Abel cunningly blended.

  • On kin of Cain was the killing avenged by sovran God for slaughtered Abel.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • Abel Calvin was in to see if you wanted to buy some beach plums for puttin' up.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for Abel

Abel

/ˈeɪbəl/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) the second son of Adam and Eve, a shepherd, murdered by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:1–8)
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Word Origin and History for Abel

masc. proper name, in Old Testament, second son of Adam and Eve, from Hebrew Hebhel, literally "breath," also "vanity."

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