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Borrowed from Biblical Hebrewחֲבַקּוּק(ḥăḇaqqūq). The name perhaps comes from ⁧חָבַק(ḥāḇaq, embrace), or perhaps from Akkadian 𒄩𒄠𒁀𒄣𒄣 (ḫambaqūqu [ḫa-am-ba-qu-qu], garden herb).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /həˈbæk.ək/, /ˈhæb.ə.kək/
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Proper noun[edit]


  1. A prophetic book in the Old Testament of the Bible, one of the minor prophets; or the eighth part of the Tere Asar in the Jewish Tanakh.
    • 1988, Robert D. Haak, ""Poetry" in Habakkuk 1:1–2:4?". Journal of the American Oriental Society 108 (3): 437–444.
      The present study concentrates on the various types of parallelism which may be observed within the prophetic text Habakkuk 1:1–2:4.
  2. A Jewish prophet of the Old Testament; author of the book that bears his name.
    • 1906, S. R. Driver, The Minor Prophets: Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, The Century Bible, page 49:
      Of Habakkuk's personal life nothing is known with certainty, though it has been inferred, from the fact that he is termed specifically 'the prophet,' that he held a recognized position as prophet [] , and belonged, consequently, to the tribe of Levi.
  3. (rare) A male given name from Hebrew of biblical origin.
    • 2009, Jeff Suzuki, Mathematics in Historical Context, page 315:
      It would be Bowditch's last voyage. He had been lucky: a younger brother William died on a voyage to Trinidad in 1799, and an older brother Habakkuk drowned in Boston Harbor in 1800.

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