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Tammuz

[ tah-mooz; tah-mooz; tam-uhz ]

noun

  1. the tenth month of the Jewish calendar.
  2. a Sumerian and Babylonian shepherd god, originally king of Erech, confined forever in the afterworld as a substitute for his consort Inanna or Ishtar.


Tammuz

/ -ʊz; ˈtæmuːz /

noun

  1. (in the Jewish calendar) the fourth month of the year according to biblical reckoning and the tenth month of the civil year, usually falling within June and July


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Tammuz1

First recorded in 1530–40; from Hebrew tamûz, from Sumerian Dumuzi, the shepherd god Tammuz

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Tammuz1

from Hebrew

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Example Sentences

It was decreed that Tammuz should spend part of the year with one goddess and part of the year with the other.

Tammuz was also a Patriarch, who reigned for a long period over the land and had human offspring.

During the winter Tammuz dwelt in Hades, and at the beginning of spring Ishtar descended to search for him among the shades.

We have therefore to deal with Tammuz in his twofold character as a patriarch and a god of fertility.

She may have been identical with Belit-sheri, who is referred to in the Sumerian hymns as the sister of Tammuz.

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