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an animal, perhaps the hippopotamus, mentioned in Job 40:15–24.
any creature or thing of monstrous size or power: The army’s new tank is a behemoth.
The cartel is a behemoth that small business owners fear.
Contemporary Examples

Which Bank Is the Worst? Gary Rivlin October 24, 2011
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The Next Twilight Shannon Donnelly November 18, 2009
From Moscow to Queens, Down Sergei Dovlatov Way Daniel Genis September 14, 2014

Historical Examples

The Revolutions of Time Jonathan Dunn
Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
Garrison’s Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II Martin Luther

(Old Testament) a gigantic beast, probably a hippopotamus, described in Job 40:15
a huge or monstrous person or thing

Long before Jumbo was dreamed of, a hippo was exhibited by George K. Bailey, who invented the tank on wheels now used so generally in the circuses. The beast was advertised as “the blood sweating Behemoth of Holy Writ,” and he made several men rich. [Isaac F. Marcosson, “Sawdust and Gold Dust,” in “The Bookman,” June 1910]


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