Middle English, from Late Latin Machabaei, modification of Greek Makkabaioi
15th century, in the meaning defined above
“Machabees.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Machabees. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.
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