[ pen-tuh-took, -tyook ]
/ ˈpɛn təˌtuk, -ˌtyuk /


the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Origin of Pentateuch

< Late Latin Pentateuchus < Late Greek pentáteuchos, equivalent to Greek penta- penta- + teûchos tool, vessel (Late Greek: scroll case book)
Related formsPen·ta·teuch·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pentateuch


/ (ˈpɛntəˌtjuːk) /


the first five books of the Old Testament regarded as a unity
Derived FormsPentateuchal, adjective

Word Origin for Pentateuch

C16: from Church Latin pentateuchus, from Greek penta- + teukhos tool (in Late Greek: scroll)
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