in the Bible : a son of Adam and Eve killed by his brother Cain

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew Hebhel

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Abel was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Abel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Sir Frederick Augustus 1827–1902 English chemist

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