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Leviticus

[li-vit-i-kuh s]
noun
  1. the third book of the Bible, containing laws relating to the priests and Levites and to the forms of Jewish ceremonial observance. Abbreviation: Lev.
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Origin of Leviticus

< Late Latin Lēviticus (liber) Levitical (book) < Greek Leuītikós. See Levite, -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for leviticus

Leviticus

noun
  1. Old Testament the third book of the Old Testament, containing Levitical law and ritual precepts
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Word Origin and History for leviticus

Leviticus

third book of the Pentateuch, c.1400, from Late Latin Leviticus (liber), literally "book of the Levites," from Greek to Leuitikon biblion, from Leuites, from Hebrew Lewi. Properly the part of the Pentateuch dealing with the function of the priests who were of the tribe of Levi (a portion of the tribe acted as assistants to the priests in the temple-worship). The Hebrew title is Torath Kohanim, literally "the law of the priests." Related: Levite; Levitical.

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