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of uncertain etymology; much disputed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • There are those who dispute the meaning of the noun nephilim and derive it from Naphal, which signifies "to fall."

  • Their name as given in the old Testament, 'nephilim' means 'fallen ones.'

    The Mark of the Beast Sidney Watson
  • Let the rabbis vouch for the correctness of this; it is ridiculous to call them "nephilim" because others fell.

nephilim in the Bible

(Gen. 6:4; Num. 13:33, R.V.), giants, the Hebrew word left untranslated by the Revisers, the name of one of the Canaanitish tribes. The Revisers have, however, translated the Hebrew gibborim, in Gen. 6:4, "mighty men."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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