Essene

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From Ancient Greek Ἐσσηνοι (Essēnoi); earlier etymology unknown

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Essene (plural Essenes)

  1. Member of a first-century ascetic Jewish sect, in ancient Palestine from the second century BCE to the second century CE. The Essenes are believed to have been the authors of the Dead Sea scrolls.

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