Abel

noun
\ ˈā-bəl How to pronounce Abel (audio) \

Definition of Abel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Abel

biographical name
\ ˈā-bəl How to pronounce Abel (audio) \

Definition of Abel (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir Frederick Augustus 1827–1902 English chemist

First Known Use of Abel

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Abel

Noun

Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew Hebhel

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

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“Abel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abel. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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