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[hoh-zee-uh, -zey-uh]
  1. a Minor Prophet of the 8th century b.c.
  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Hos.
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Origin of Hosea

From the Hebrew word hōshēa', literally, salvation, help
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British Dictionary definitions for hosea


noun Old Testament
  1. a Hebrew prophet of the 8th century bc
  2. the book containing his oracles
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Word Origin and History for hosea


masc. proper name, from Hebrew Hoshea, literally "salvation," from stem y-sh- "to save."

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