Definition of behemoth in English:

behemoth

Syllabification: be·he·moth
Pronunciation: /biˈhēməTH, ˈbēəməTH
 
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noun

1A huge or monstrous creature.
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  • The mountains themselves appeared the spiny backbones or monstrous prehistoric behemoths that were buried in thousands of layers of earth, and trying in vain to free themselves.
  • Horses are huge, haunch heavy behemoths, built for speed and damn near poetry in motion.
  • A huge behemoth stumped through the side of the house, carefully splashing a thin, clear watery substance from a large can onto the house.
1.1Something enormous, especially a big and powerful organization: shoppers are now more loyal to their local stores than to faceless behemoths [as modifier]: behemoth telephone companies
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  • We are also able to attract high-quality people because we are different organisations from the behemoths.
  • Even the biggest unions lack the resources for tackling such behemoths or for organizing whole industries on the scale needed for very fast growth.
  • It's interesting just to list the predecessor organizations included in a few European-owned behemoths.

Origin

late Middle English: from Hebrew bĕhēmōṯ, intensive plural of bĕhēmāh 'beast'.

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