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In the Bible, the second wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin.

[Hebrew rāḥēl, ewe; see rḫl in Semitic roots.]


1. (Bible) Old Testament the second and best-loved wife of Jacob; mother of Joseph and Benjamin (Genesis 29–35)
2. (Biography) original name Elisa Félix. 1820–58, French tragic actress, famous for her roles in the plays of Racine and Corneille


(ˈreɪ tʃəl)

Jacob's favorite wife, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Gen. 29–35.
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Noun1.Rachel - (Old Testament) the second wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and BenjaminRachel - (Old Testament) the second wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible


[ˈreɪtʃəl] NRaquel
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If any want to get up an inspiration under this head, we refer them to our good friend Rachel Halliday, just as she sits there in her little rocking-chair.
My daughter" came naturally from the lips of Rachel Halliday; for hers was just the face and form that made "mother" seem the most natural word in the world.
Thee knows thee can stay here, as long as thee pleases," said Rachel.
Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs.
Rachel Lynde was one of those capable creatures who can manage their own concerns and those of other folks into the bargain.
Rachel knew that he ought because she had heard him tell Peter Morrison the evening before in William J.
On the twenty-ninth of the month, Miss Rachel and Mr.
Franklin and Miss Rachel, they tortured nothing, I am glad to say.
Miss Rachel being wild to try her hand at the new process, Mr.
Down in the saloon of her father's ship, Miss Rachel Vinrace, aged twenty-four, stood waiting her uncle and aunt nervously.
Oh, Rachel, how d'you do," she said, shaking hands.
Helen was just too late in thumping her tumbler on the table to prevent Rachel from hearing, and from blushing scarlet with embarrassment.