Lilith

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Borrowed from Hebrew לִילִית(lîlîṯ).

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Lilith

  1. (mythology) A Mesopotamian storm demon, a bearer of disease and death.
  2. (Judaism) The first wife of Adam in Jewish folklore.
    • 1881, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “Body’s Beauty”, in Ballads and Sonnets, London: Ellis and White, [], OCLC 946729536, page 240:
      Of Adam's first wife, Lilith, it is told / (The witch he loved before the gift of Eve,) / That, ere the snake's, her sweet tongue could deceive, And her enchanted hair was the first gold.
  3. (astrology) The "dark moon" or "black moon", not an actual phase of the moon but the empty focus of the ellipse described by its orbit.
  4. A female given name from Hebrew.

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