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[uh-sel-duh-muh, uh-kel-] /əˈsɛl də mə, əˈkɛl-/
the place near Jerusalem purchased with the bribe Judas took for betraying Jesus. Acts 1:18, 19.
any place of slaughter and bloodshed.
Also, Akeldama.
Origin of Aceldama
< Latin < Greek Akeldamá < Aramaic ḥăgēl dəmā field of blood Unabridged
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(New Testament) the place near Jerusalem that was bought with the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas for betraying Jesus (Matthew 27:8; Acts 1:19)
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C14: from Aramaic haqēl demā field of blood
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Word Origin and History for Aceldama

late 14c., potter's field near Jerusalem purchased with the blood-money given to Judas Iscariot, literally "place of bloodshed," from Greek Akeldama, from an Aramaic phrase akin to Syriac haqal dema "the field of blood."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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