algum

noun

al·​gum
ˈal-ˌgəm also ˈȯl-
variants or less commonly almug
ˈal-ˌməg
plural -s
1
: a tree mentioned in the Old Testament, probably cypress, perhaps sandalwood or walnut
2

Word History

Etymology

from (assumed) Hebrew algōm, almōg (attested only in plural as algummīm, almuggīm)

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of algum was in 1611

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“Algum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/algum. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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