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The four Hebrew letters usually transliterated as YHWH or JHVH, used as a biblical proper name for God.
[Middle English Tetragramaton, from Greek tetragrammaton, four-letter word, from neuter of tetragrammatos, four-lettered : tetra-, tetra- + gramma, grammat-, letter; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Bible) Bible the Hebrew name for God revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 3), consisting of the four consonants Y H V H (or Y H W H) and regarded by Jews as too sacred to be pronounced. It is usually transliterated as Jehovah or Yahweh. Sometimes shortened to: Tetragram
[C14: from Greek, from tetragrammatos having four letters, from tetra- + gramma letter]
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Tet•ra•gram•ma•ton(ˌtɛ trəˈgræm əˌtɒn)
the Hebrew word for God, consisting of the four letters yod, he, vav, and he, transliterated consonantally usu. as YHVH, now pronounced as Adonai in substitution for the original pronunciation forbidden since the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. Compare Yahweh.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Greek tetragrámmaton, n. use of neuter of tetragrámmatos having four letters]
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|Noun||1.||Tetragrammaton - four Hebrew letters usually transliterated as YHWH (Yahweh) or JHVH (Jehovah) signifying the Hebrew name for God which the Jews regarded as too holy to pronounce|
tetragram - a word that is written with four letters in an alphabetic writing system
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