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Reuben

[ roo-buhn ]
/ ˈru bən /
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noun
the eldest son of Jacob and Leah. Genesis 29, 30.
one of the 12 tribes of Israel, the tribe traditionally descended from him.
a male given name.
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Origin of Reuben

From Late Latin Ruben, from Greek Rhoubḗn, from Hebrew Rĕʾūbhēn, of uncertain origin, but traditionally translated as “Behold, a son!” and associated with Rāʾāh bĕʿōnī “He (God) has looked upon my affliction” (by granting Leah a son)
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British Dictionary definitions for Reuben

Reuben
/ (ˈruːbɪn) /

noun Old Testament
the eldest son of Jacob and Leah: one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel (Genesis 29:30)
the Israelite tribe descended from him
the territory of this tribe, lying to the northeast of the Dead Sea
Douay spelling: Ruben
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