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Jonah

[joh-nuh] /ˈdʒoʊ nə/
noun
1.
a Minor Prophet who, for his impiety, was thrown overboard from his ship and swallowed by a large fish, remaining in its belly for three days before being cast up onto the shore unharmed.
2.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
3.
any person or thing regarded as bringing bad luck.
4.
Also, Jonas
[joh-nuh s] /ˈdʒoʊ nəs/ (Show IPA)
. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “dove.”.
Related forms
Jonahesque, adjective
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Jonah

/ˈdʒəʊnə/
noun
1.
(Old Testament)
  1. a Hebrew prophet who, having been thrown overboard from a ship in which he was fleeing from God, was swallowed by a great fish and vomited onto dry land
  2. the book in which his adventures are recounted
2.
a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him; a jinx
Derived Forms
Jonahesque, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Jonah

masc. proper name, biblical prophet, from Hebrew Yonah, literally "dove, pigeon."

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