Origin of behemoth
Much folklore has arisen around behemoth. One story has it that behemoth, separated from its aquatic counterpart leviathan at the dawn of creation, will be reunited with it in an epic battle on Judgment Day in which each will slay the other. Following this biblical King Kong vs. Godzilla match, both animals will be served up as a feast for the remaining faithful.
Behemoth makes an appearance in such classics of literature as John Milton's Paradise Lost, Shelley's Prometheus Unbound, and James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Today we use it to apply to anything large, powerful, and often unwieldy.
— Behemoth: Thomas Hobbes's 1681 book on the English Civil Wars, from the Scottish revolution in 1637 to the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.
—Behemoth: A character in The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Behemoth is a walking, talking, gun-toting black cat, and a demon in disguise.
—Behemoth: A Polish rock band, playing what's known as blackened death metal, a mix of black metal and thrash metal music.
—The Behemoth: A video game development company, creators of the popular video games Alien Hominid (2004) and Castle Crashers (2008).
— Behemoth: The second book in Scott Westerfield’s steampunk young adult series, published in 2010.
- "Whom the Hebrues call Bemoth that doth in latin playne expresse / A beast rude full of cursednesse."-John Lydgate Troy Book, II. xvii (1430)
- "Behemoth, biggest born of earth."-John Milton Paradise Lost (1667)
- "[T]he unwieldy behemoths of the old economy are falling over each other to reinvent their identities."-Oliver Burkeman If the name fits… Guardian (January 8, 2001)
Examples from the Web for behemoth
After all, his next project is naming a street for Josef Brodsky, an even more outspoken enemy of the Soviet behemoth.
Ours is the Caiman model, a 6x6 behemoth that weighs in at over 15 tons and makes Humvees shrivel up with feelings of inadequacy.
What a demon, a behemoth, evil just seems to be seeping through him.
But that quality got diluted as the site expanded into the behemoth it is today, he said.Most Comments Are Horrible—Sites Look for Ways to Make Them Better|Jesse Singal|July 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This 678-page behemoth was self-published by De La Pava in 2008 and rediscovered in 2012.
Among the latter is a fine Hippopotamus, the Behemoth of Scripture.
Assuming, therefore, that the Behemoth is identical with the hippopotamus, we will proceed with the description.Bible Animals;|J. G. Wood
Really it is Behemoth and Leviathan he was called to deal with.Demonology and Devil-lore|Moncure Daniel Conway
There was more, but big Butch scarcely saw it, bewildered as the behemoth Senior was; what new mystery had Hicks set afoot?T. Haviland Hicks Senior|J. Raymond Elderdice
Behold now Behemoth, 319 which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.The Mosaic History of the Creation of the World|Thomas Wood
British Dictionary definitions for behemoth
Word Origin for behemoth
Word Origin and History for behemoth
late 14c., huge biblical beast (Job xl:15), from Latin behemoth, from Hebrew b'hemoth, usually taken as plural of intensity of b'hemah "beast." But the Hebrew word is perhaps a folk etymology of Egyptian pehemau, literally "water-ox," the name for the hippopotamus.
Long before Jumbo was dreamed of, a hippo was exhibited by George K. Bailey, who invented the tank on wheels now used so generally in the circuses. The beast was advertised as "the blood sweating Behemoth of Holy Writ," and he made several men rich. [Isaac F. Marcosson, "Sawdust and Gold Dust," in "The Bookman," June 1910]