in the Bible : the brother and murderer of Abel

Word History


Hebrew Qayin

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

James Mallahan 1892–1977 American novelist

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