hapax legomenon

(Greek) something said once only - thus a word or form used only once in the Bible. Such words can pose problems for interpretation. When we lack a number of biblical contexts to suggest and refine our understanding of a word's meaning we have to look at its etymology (where the word comes from) or to similar words in related languages for guidance. Such indications are not as sure as usage, and are often contradictory.

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