Jericho

[ jer-i-koh ]
/ ˈdʒɛr ɪˌkoʊ /
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noun

an ancient city of Palestine, N of the Dead Sea, formerly in W Jordan; occupied by Israel 1967–94; since 1994 under Palestinian self-rule.
a town on W Long Island, in SE New York.
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Jericho

/ (ˈdʒɛrɪˌkəʊ) /

noun

a town in the West Bank near the N end of the Dead Sea, 251 m (825 ft) below sea level: on the site of an ancient city, the first place to be taken by the Israelites under Joshua after entering the Promised Land in the 14th century bc (Joshua 6)
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Word Origin and History for jericho

Jericho


Biblical city (Num. xxii:1, etc.), perhaps ultimately from Hebrew yareakh "moon, month," and thus a reference to an ancient moon cult. As a figurative place of retirement (17c.), the reference is to II Sam. x:5.

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