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Luz \Luz\ (l[u^]z), n. A bone of the human body which was supposed by certain Rabbinical writers to be indestructible. Its location was a matter of dispute.
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n. A small bone in the human spinal column, believed in Muslim and Jewish traditions to be the indestructible bone from which the body will be rebuild at the time of resurrection.


Luz is the name of two places in the Bible.

Luz (disambiguation)

Luz is a Biblical place name.

Luz may also refer to:

  • Luz (bone), a bone in the spinal column
  • Luz (nut), the Aramaic name for almond (Luz), as translated in some Bible versions such as the NIV. 1
Luz (Santa Cruz da Graciosa)

Luz is a civil parish in the municipality of Santa Cruz da Graciosa on the island of Graciosa in the Portuguese Azores. The population in 2011 was 683, in an area of 11.70 km².

Luz (surname)

Luz is a surname of Portuguese language, meaning light.

It may refer to:

  • Adriano Barbosa Miranda da Luz (born 1979), real name of Cape Verdean footballer Néné
  • Aluísio Francisco da Luz, real name of Brazilian footballer Índio
  • Arturo R. Luz (born 1926), Filipino visual arts artist
  • Bernd Luz (born 1966), German visual arts artist
  • Carlos Coimbra da Luz (1894–1961), Brazilian politician
  • Consuelo Luz, Chilean-Cuban singer of Sephardic, Mapuche and Basque origins
  • Emerson da Luz, Cape Verdean footballer
  • Franc Luz (born 1950), American actor
  • George Luz (1921–1998), non-commissioned officer of the U.S. Army
  • Hugo Luz, Portuguese footballer
  • Joaquín De Luz, Spanish ballet dancer
  • José Fágner Silva da Luz (born 1988), aka as Fágner, Brazilian football player
  • Laura Luz (born 1967), Mexican stage and television actress
  • Rosa Luz Alegría (born 1949), Mexican physicist
  • Sandro Gomes da Luz, Brazilian football player
Luz (bone)

The word luz in Hebrew (Hebrew: 'לוז') means nut or almond. Because of this it became associated with the small bone at the top of the spinal column (the seventh cervical vertebra) or the coccyx, the small bone at the base of the spinal column, depending on the tradition.

Muslim and Jewish traditions teach that this is the bone from which the body will be rebuilt at the time of resurrection, and share the idea that this bone does not decay. Arabic books refer to this bone as "'ajbu adh-dhanab" --.

There is an aggadah (legend) in the midrash that the Roman Emperor Hadrian asked how man would be revived in the world to come, and Rabbi Joshua Ben Hananiah replied that it would be "From Luz, in the back-bone." "Prove this to me," said Hadrian. Then the Rabbi took Luz, a small bone of the spine, and immersed it in water, but it was not softened; he put it into the fire, but it was not consumed; he put it into a mill, but it could not be pounded; he placed it upon an anvil and struck it with a hammer, but the anvil split and the hammer was broken. ( Ecclesiastes Rabbah xii / Genesis Rabbah xviii).

Luz (São Paulo Metro)

Luz is a station on Line 1 (Blue) of the São Paulo Metro. Construction of Line 4 (Yellow) will result in Luz being the northern terminus of Line 4 - Yellow. The station is connected to the Luz Station in São Paulo.

Luz (CPTM)

Luz is a rail station for Line 7 (Ruby), Line 10 (Turquoise), and Line 11 (Coral) of the CPTM transit system in São Paulo, Brazil and is the current terminus for all three lines. Passengers may transfer to Line 1 (Blue) of the São Paulo Metro from within the Luz Station. Planned expansion places Luz as the terminus for the proposed Line 14 (Onyx).

Luz (missile)

The RAFAEL Luz ( Hebrew: לוז, Hazelnut) was the first missile built in Israel. RAFAEL developed the missile using knowledge gained from the French MD-620 missile which was built for the Israel Defense Forces by Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation. Originally intended to have three versions – surface-to-surface, air-to-ground and anti-ship, technical problems and budget cuts forced Rafael to produce the surface-to-surface and air-to-ground versions alone, although they never saw operational service.

Luz (cartoonist)

Rénald Luzier (born 7 January 1972) is a French satirical cartoonist who works under the pen name Luz. He is a former contributor to the magazine Charlie Hebdo and drew the cover of the first issue of the publication following the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting, an image of Muhammad holding a sign reading " Je suis Charlie" under the slogan "All is Forgiven".

Luz has contributed to a number of publications including La Grosse Bertha, Les Inrockuptibles, Magic, Ferraille, L'Écho des Savanes, and '' Fluide Glacial''. He was awarded the Prix Tournesol at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2003 for his work Cambouis, a collection of his own fanzine that was published by L'Association in 2002.

He narrowly missed becoming a victim of the Charlie Hebdo shooting (on his birthday) because he was late for work and turned up just in time to see the perpetrators fleeing.

Luz left Charlie Hebdo in October 2015.

Usage examples of "luz".

And damn this Luz, she’ll give you back your right mind again when she’s done.

The things Luz said involved a simple act, but the reason behind it defied understanding, and his suspicion, old as his understanding of the world, said not to trust this.

In just that long, Luz had turned everything upside down, and then begun to reiterate everything she had said, so he knew they were at an end.

None of them spoke for a long time, looking at that sight, that clear evidence that Luz at least had told a part of the truth.

All the villages, all the city, all the tribes had no warning, no knowledge of Luz and this place.

The voices he heard during the day all sounded like Luz, until while they were setting up the tent he put his hands over his ears, trying not to hear.

He wished her to understand, to have some comprehension she was driving him beyond endurance, but Luz gave no sign of hearing him.

Did it, when Luz said it might already be too late to carry their message?

He had no idea what he had won, or if he had won any relief for Norit—he had hoped if he could bring her back for an hour, Norit might have a chance, and he knew by what seethed in his own mind that she had less of a chance if Luz was always there.

He had no idea now whether he had scared her instead of Luz, or offended her, or what vengeance he might have brought down on them all.

He asked himself whether Luz would damn all the world for his crime against her, and began to think every day of dying, not that dying held any attraction for him, only that it seemed the likely outcome.

She’s an honest woman, a shy, gentle woman… she’d never say what Luz said.

But if we come to the tower, Luz claims she can keep everyone safe there.

In a moment more, Norit followed her, guard-led, with that calm, still face that told him Luz was entirely in the ascendant.

Their madness had become linked, one to the other, and where one was, the others would come, and where Luz was, they would know Luz’s intentions, all three of them: there had been no chance they would lose her while she was free to ride, Marak was sure of that now.