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Rachel

[ rey-chuhl ]
/ ˈreɪ tʃəl /
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noun
Jacob's favored wife, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Genesis 29–35.
a female given name.
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Origin of Rachel

From Late Latin, from Greek Rhachḗl, from Hebrew rāḥēl “ewe, female lamb”
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British Dictionary definitions for Rachel

Rachel

noun
(ˈreɪtʃəl) Old Testament the second and best-loved wife of Jacob; mother of Joseph and Benjamin (Genesis 29–35)
(French raʃɛl) original name Elisa Félix . 1820–58, French tragic actress, famous for her roles in the plays of Racine and Corneille
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Cultural definitions for Rachel

Rachel

The second wife of Jacob (see Jacob and Esau). She was sterile for many years, but eventually had two sons: Joseph (see Joseph and his brothers) and Benjamin.

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