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Jonah

[joh-nuh]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a book of the Bible bearing his name.
  3. any person or thing regarded as bringing bad luck.
  4. Also Jo·nas [joh-nuh s] /ˈdʒoʊ nəs/. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “dove.”
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Related formsJo·nah·esque, adjective
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Jonah

Jonas (ˈdʒəʊnəs)

noun
  1. 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
  2. a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him; a jinx
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Derived FormsJonahesque, adjective
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Word Origin and History for jonas

Jonas

masc. proper name, from Late Latin Jonas, from Greek Ionas, from Hebrew yonah "dove, pigeon" (cf. Jonah).

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Jonah

masc. proper name, biblical prophet, from Hebrew Yonah, literally "dove, pigeon."

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