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Jonah

[ joh-nuh ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ nə /
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noun

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.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
any person or thing regarded as bringing bad luck.
Also Jo·nas [joh-nuhs]. /ˈdʒoʊ nəs/. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “dove.”

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OTHER WORDS FROM Jonah

Jo·nah·esque, adjective
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Jonah

Jonas (ˈdʒəʊnəs)

/ (ˈdʒəʊnə) /

noun

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
a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him; a jinx

Derived forms of Jonah

Jonahesque, adjective
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