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Anna Mary Robertson (“Grandma Moses”) 1860–1961, U.S. painter.
Robert, 1888–1981, U.S. public official: New York City Commissioner of Parks 1934–60.
(Old Testament) the Hebrew prophet who led the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land and gave them divinely revealed laws
Ed. born 1956, US hurdler; winner of the 400 m hurdles in the 1976 and 1984 Olympic Games
Grandma, real name Anna Mary Robertson Moses. 1860–1961, US painter of primitives, who began to paint at the age of 75

Most scholars see in it the Hebraization of Egyptian mes, mesu ‘child, son,’ which is often used in theophorous names. According to this derivation the words of Pharaoh’s daughter in Ex. 2:10, ‘For out of the water I drew him’ are not the explanation of the Hebrew name Mosheh, but express the idea that the Egyptian name given by Pharaoh’s daughter resembles in sound, and therefore, reminds us of, the Hebrew verb mashah ‘he drew out,’ which is suggestive of the words spoken by Pharaoh’s daughter. [Dr. Ernest Klein, “A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language”]

As an expletive or oath, 1840.


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