- a Minor Prophet of the 5th century b.c.
- the book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbreviation: Mal.
Also Douay Bible, Mal·a·chi·as [mal-uh-kahy-uh s] /ˌmæl əˈkaɪ əs/.
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- a Hebrew prophet of the 5th century bc
- the book containing his oraclesDouay spelling: Malachias (ˌmæləˈkaɪəs)
Word Origin and History for malachi
masc. proper name, Old Testament name of the last in order of the Twelve Prophets, from Hebrew Mal'akhi, literally "my messenger," from mal'akh "messenger," from Semitic base l-'-k (cf. Arabic la'aka "he sent").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper