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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, in Old Testament, second son of Adam and Eve, from Hebrew Hebhel, literally "breath," also "vanity."


n. 1 The son of Adam and Eve who was killed by his brother Cain. 2 (given name male from=Hebrew).

Abel (disambiguation)

Abel was a son of Adam and Eve in the Bible. According to the Bible, he was the first person to die, murdered by his brother Cain.

Abel may also refer to:

Abel (crater)

Abel is an ancient lunar crater that lies near the southeast limb of the Moon's near side. It is located to the south of the crater Barnard, at the northwest edge of the Mare Australe.

The rim of Abel is heavily eroded and distorted in shape, forming a somewhat polygonal figure. It is incised and overlaid by past impacts. The satellite crater Abel A overlies the southern rim, while Abel M and Abel L intrude into the western wall.

The eastern floor of Abel has been resurfaced by past lava flows, leaving a relatively smooth, flat surface with a low albedo. The remains of a small crater rim protrude near the northeast wall. The western floor is rougher in texture and matches the albedo of the surrounding surface.

The crater was named for the Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel.

Abel (hominid)

Abel (KT-12/H1) is the name given to the only specimen ever discovered of Australopithecus bahrelghazali. Abel was found in January 1995 in Chad in the Kanem Region by the paleontologist Michel Brunet, who named the fossil "Abel" in memory of his close friend Abel Brillanceau, who had died of malaria in 1989.

Of Abel remains only part of a jaw, which explains the little information descernable concerning its way of life.

The few teeth confirm it to be of the genus Australopithecus: it has a second premolar with a broad and molarized crown, not dissimilar to the Lucy fossil, and as such to the Australopithecus afarensis.

Abel (surname)

Abel is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Abel (album)

Abel is an EP released by Unsraw on August 29, 2007. It is part of a dual-album release campaign with Kein. The pair of EPs are named after the biblical story of Cain and Abel.

Abel (film)

Abel is a 1986 Dutch film directed by Alex van Warmerdam who also scripted and played the lead character. Other lead roles were played by Henri Garcin, Annet Malherbe and Olga Zuiderhoek. Supporting roles were played by Loes Luca and Arend Jan Heerma van Voss among others. Its music was written by Vincent van Waterdam and the film was distributed by First Floor Features.

Abel (given name)

Abel is a biblical first name which may derive from the Hebrew Hebel, itself derived from hevel (breath or vapour), or from the Assyrian for son. In reference to the biblical story, Abel is usually linked with his brother, as Cain and Abel.

Based on its occurrence in the Bible the name Abel has been used in many European languages; in English it was mostly used by the Puritans in the 17th century.

The variants used in the Russian language are "" (Abel) and "" ( Avel).

Abel (band)

Abel was an American rock band from Poughkeepsie, New York. The band primarily played alternative rock and indie rock music, with soul music influences. The band began making music in 2008, and disbanded in 2013. Membership consisted of vocalist/guitarist Kevin Kneifel, guitarist Dan Bishop, bassist Alex David, and drummer John Rell III. The band released an extended play, The Honest Love, in 2009, through Dreamt Music. Their first studio album, Lesser Men, was released by Come&Live! Records, in 2010. Their final studio album, Make It Right, was released independently in 2012.

Usage examples of "abel".

Jord took the two chairs that stood to one side, and Abel Veritt faced the congregation.

There Abel Veritt asked Rimon to go up to the top of a hill with the most sensitive Simes of Fort Freedom to zlin any danger spots ahead.

He took a deep, shuddering breath and gathered himself to face Abel on his own, his control still tenuous.

One day Abel Veritt, Del Erick, and others helped Rimon build a cistern atop the hill, to catch rain and melting snow.

Under attack, Abel flicked into battle mode, and that goaded Rimon on.

As soon as they were firmly in place, Willa leaned forward expectantly, and with almost awed reverence, Abel bent his head to press his lips to hers.

Rimon and Jord were to teach the changeover class in the chapel while Kadi and Willa visited with Abel Veritt and his wife.

Since the chapel was stone, it provided fairly good insulation, so he did not pick up the blazon of anger from outside until the door opened and Abel entered with his wife, Kadi, and Willa.

Simes, not just the protesters in the center, but all those who had supported Abel Veritt and Rimon.

Only Abel kept his composure and calmly imposed silence on his people again.

But they kept walking, on up onto the veranda, to stand beside Abel and Willa.

Should Willa feel the slightest pain, Rimon was to grab Jord and Abel Willa, and pull them apart.

They had the place of honor as witnesses while Abel performed the strange ceremony of vows that constituted the Fort Freedom pledge ceremony.

Look you how he has made his way into your midst, seducing your own son, Abel Veritt, with one of his succubi.

Turning ceremony was a time of great celebration, as Abel detailed the progress from the year before.