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Holofernes

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noun Ho·lo·fer·nes \ˌhä-lə-ˈfər-(ˌ)nēz, ˌhō-\

Definition of Holofernes

  1. :  a general of Nebuchadnezzar's who led an Assyrian army against Israel and was beheaded in his sleep by Judith



Origin and Etymology of holofernes

Late Latin, from Greek Holophernēs


First Known Use: before 12th century


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