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[ey-hab] /ˈeɪ hæb/
a king of Israel and husband of Jezebel, reigned 874?–853? b.c. I Kings 16–22.
captain of the ship Pequod and tragic hero of Melville's Moby Dick, obsessed with the pursuit of the white whale. Unabridged
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  • Ahab and Jezebel danced at his boots and made him look ridiculous.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Why did Ahab not dare to arrest Elijah at the door of Naboth's vineyard?

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • No more than this is told of the unavailing penance of Jehoram the son of Ahab.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • If we do what Ahab did, we have no right to despise him for doing what we do.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • But at least he has not died like Ahab—a shameful and pitiable death.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • What a different story it would have been if only Ahab had listened to the teaching of God!

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • I will not strip these men, thought Ahab, of all hopes of cash—aye, cash.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Step and growl; growl and go—that's the word with Captain Ahab.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for Ahab


(Old Testament) the king of Israel from approximately 869 to 850 bc and husband of Jezebel: rebuked by Elijah (I Kings 16:29–22:40)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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